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One Person’s Story

Ebrahim Vafadar


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: May 16, 1984
Location of Killing: Esfahan, Esfahan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Fatal
Charges: Drug trafficking; Drug related offense

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Ebrahim Vafadar, along with two others, was reported in the Jomhuri Eslami daily on May 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. Vafadar was charged with “importing 1 kg of heroin repeatedly, inciting drug use among the youth and giving them free heroin as well as direct and indirect sale and distribution of 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 Mr. Vafadar’s defense.


The Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Esfahan sentenced Mr. Vafadar to death. The sentence was carried out.

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