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One Person’s Story

Ali Rahgozar

About

Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown

Case

Date of Killing: August 20, 1984
Location: Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking; Drug possession; Drug related offense

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Ali Rahgozar, along with twenty-five others, was reported in the Jomhuri Eslami daily on August 21, 1984.

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of this defendant’s arrest and detention are not known.

Trial

No information is available on the defendant’s trial.

Charges

According to this report, Mr. Rahgozar was charged with “possessing 9.390 kg of heroin and 760 gm of hashish when arrested, being actively involved in supplying and distributing narcotics, buying 12 kg of heroin once, selling 4 kg of heroin at two different times, organizing a drug-trafficking gang, buying 13 kg of heroin as well as 54 kg of opium on Afghanistan border and having a criminal record for supplying and distributing narcotics.”

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.

Defense

No information is available on Mr. Rahgozar’s defense.

Judgment

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

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