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One Person’s Story

Hossein Zamanian Baqeri


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: May 20, 1984
Location of Killing: Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Fatal
Charges: Prostitution and/or procuring; Drug trafficking; Drug possession

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Hossein Zamanian Baqeri, along with 24 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 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 communiqué, Mr. Zamanian Baqeri was charged with “possessing 13 kg of heroin when arrested, buying 13 kg of heroin in Torbat-e Jam with the intention of selling it in Tehran, organizing a drug-trafficking gang, being convicted of supplying and distributing narcotics as well as promoting prostitution 10 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. Zamanian Baqeri’s defense.


The Anti-Narcotics Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal sentenced Mr. Zamanian Baqeri to death. The sentence was carried out at dawn.

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