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One Person’s Story

Qadamkheir Pakdaman


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: March 11, 1984
Location of Killing: Qasr Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

The execution of Ms. Qadamkheir Pakdaman, along with 21 others, was announced in a communiqué by the Anti-Narcotics Section of the Public Prosecutor’s Office. The communiqué was reported in the Jomhuri Eslami daily on March 11, 1984.

The communiqué states: “the Anti-Narcotics Section of the Islamic Revolution’s Public Prosecutor’s Office sentenced 22 professional traffickers who were mercenaries and servants of foreigners. These firm and revolutionary sentences were issued in reply to the calling of the valiant people that scream with all of their hearts: “Fight, fight, fight until victory!” and in defiance of our second war imposed by the “estekbar-e jahani” (Universal Arrogance).”

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, Ms. Pakdaman was charged with “being consistently and actively involved in supplying and distributing heroin, buying packages containing 100 gm and 200 gm of heroin and selling them, buying heroin in Zahedan and Mashad and selling it in Tehran as well as having a criminal record for supplying and distributing heroin.”

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 Ms. Pakdaman’s defense.


The Anti-Narcotics Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal sentenced Ms. Pakdaman to death. Having been confirmed by the Supreme Court, the sentence was carried out in Qasr prison at dawn.

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