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One Person’s Story

Gholam Kiani


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: May 30, 1984
Location: Nahavand, Hamedan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Fatal
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Gholam Kiani, along with 19 others, was announced by the public relations officer of the Islamic Revolution’s Public Prosecutor’s Office in Nahavand and reported in the Jomhuri Eslami Daily on May 31, 1984.

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

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.Kiani was charged with “purchasing 360 kg of opium once, transporting 800 kg of opium once, participation in an international drug-trafficking gang and sale of 135 kg of opium.”

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. Kiani’s defense.


The Anti-Narcotics Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Tehran sentenced Mr. Kiani to death. Having been confirmed by the Islamic Revolution’s Supreme Court, the sentence was carried out in the morning.

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