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One Person’s Story

Khatam Gargij

About

Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown

Case

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

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Khatam Gargij, along with ten 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.

Trial

No information is available on the defendant’s trial.

Charges

According to this report, Mr. Gargij was charged with “possessing 6.500 kg of heroin when arrested, transporting approximately 60 kg of heroin to Mashad and Shiraz and distributing it, transporting 80 kg of heroin from Zahedan to different cities, selling 20 kg of heroin and being actively and consistently involved in supplying and distributing heroin across Iran borderline.”

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. Gargij’s defense.

Judgment

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

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