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One Person’s Story

Asadollah Sheikh Reza'i


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: April 21, 1985
Location of Killing: Qasr Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking; Drug possession

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Asadollah Sarlak, along with ten others, was reported in the Kayhan Daily on April 21, 1985.

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. Sarlak was charged with “being actively and consistently involved in supplying and distributing heroin, having contacts with major drug traffickers, possessing 1.678 kg of heroin, dealing 3.600 kg of heroin three times, dealing 6 kg of heroin two times, selling 50 and 100-gram packages of heroin, dealing 12.600 kg of heroin over a period of time and distributing it in northern Tehran and selling 1 kg of heroin.”

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. Sarlak’s defense.


The Anti-Narcotics Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal sentenced Mr. Sarlak to death. The sentence was carried out in Qasr prison at dawn.

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