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One Person’s Story

Yusef Shafei


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: February 14, 1984
Location of Killing: Qasr Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Robbery; Drug trafficking; Drug possession

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Yusef Shafei, along with 18 others, was reported in the Jomhuri Eslami daily on February 15, 1984.

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 report, Mr. Shafei was charged with “being actively involved in supplying and distributing heroin, possessing 150 gm of heroin when arrested, buying heroin from Zahedan and selling it in Tehran for 7 months, being convicted of supplying and distributing heroin 20 times, robbery, selling packages containing 5 gm and 100 gm of heroin- 5 kg on the whole- for 3 years.”

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. Shafei’s defense.


Tehran’s Islamic Revolutionary Anti-Drug Tribunal sentenced Mr. Shafei to death. The sentence was carried out in Qasr prison at dawn.

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