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One Person’s Story

Hossein Qalahian


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: April 8, 1984
Location of Killing: Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking; Drug possession

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Hossein Qalahian, along with 24 others, was announced in a communiqué by the Anti-Narcotics Section of the Public Prosecutor’s Office. The communiqué was reported in the Jomhuri Eslami daily on April 9, 1984.

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 communiqué, Mr. Qalahian was charged with “selling 6 packages containing 5 g of heroin, dealing 1.5 kg of heroin in 5 months.”

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

According to this report, Mr. Qalahian was in “possession of 45.5 g of heroin at the time of his arrest and had several previous convictions for drug addiction.”


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


The Anti-Narcotics Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal sentenced Mr. Qalahian to death. After being confirmed by the Supreme Court, the sentence was carried out at dawn.

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