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One Person’s Story

Abdolha'i Niazi


Nationality: Afghanistan
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: December 25, 1983
Location of Killing: Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Fatal
Charges: Drug trafficking; Drug related offense

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Abdolahi Niazi, along with fifteen others, was announced in a communiqué by the Anti-Narcotics Section of the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Tehran. The communiqué was reported in the Jomhuri Eslami daily on December 26, 1983.

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of this defendant’s arrest and detention are not known.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


According to this communiqué, Mr. Niazi was charged with “being actively involved in supplying and distributing heroin, organizing a drug-trafficking gang, collaboration with the gang of Ali Oruji Kasmaee, dealing 22.50 kg of narcotics over a period of time, transporting 6.438 kg of heroin when arrested, being convicted of supplying and distributing narcotics several times.”

The validity of the criminal charges brought against this defendant cannot be ascertained in the absence of the basic guarantees of a fair trial. International human rights organizations have drawn attention to reports indicating that the Islamic Republic’s authorities have brought trumped up charges against their political opponents and executed them for drug trafficking, sexual, and other criminal offences. Thousands of alleged drug traffickers have been sentenced to death following judicial processes that fail to meet international standards. The exact number of people convicted based on trumped-up charges is unknown.

Evidence of guilt

The report of this execution does not contain information regarding the evidence provided against the defendant.


No information is available on Mr. Niazi’s defense.


The Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Anti-Drug Campaign in Tehran sentenced Mr. Niazi to death. Having been confirmed by the Supreme Court, the sentence was carried out in Shurabad at dawn.

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