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One Person’s Story

Qasem Sheikh Rezaee


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: April 23, 1985
Location of Killing: Qasr Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Sexual Offense; Drug trafficking; Drug possession

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Qasem Sheikh Rezaee, along with 10 others, was reported in the Kayhan Daily on April 23, 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. Sheikh Rezaee was charged with “being actively involved in supplying and distributing heroin, purchasing 200-gram packages of heroin in Zahedan and selling them in Tehran, selling 5-gram packages of heroin in Tehran, possessing 59 gm of heroin when arrested, taking advantage of the young people to make them transport narcotics from Zahedan and having illicit relationships with them.”

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. Sheikh Rezaee’s defense.


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

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