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One Person’s Story

Habibollah Esmaeely


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: July 16, 1984
Location of Killing: Kerman, Kerman Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Fatal
Charges: Drug trafficking; Drug possession; Addiction; Possession of arms

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Habibollah Esmaeely, along with 6 others, was reported in the Jomhuri Eslami daily on July 21, 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. Esmaeely was charged with “being consistently involved in dealing opium and heroin, transporting and storing more than 8.5 kg of opium at 3 different times, storing a weapon and some unauthorized cartridges, using opium and alcoholic drinks and evading the police.”

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. Esmaeely’s defense.


The Army Revolutionary Tribunal in Kerman sentenced Mr. Esmaeely to death. Having been confirmed by the Islamic Revolution’s Supreme Court, the sentence was carried out.

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