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One Person’s Story

Gholam Hossein Kiani

About

Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown

Case

Date of Killing: April 8, 1984
Location: Iran
Mode of Killing: Unspecified execution method
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Gholam Hossein Kiani, 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.

Trial

No information is available on the defendant’s trial.

Charges

According to this communiqué, Mr. Kiani was charged with “large-scale supplying and distributing of opium, having contacts with major smuggling gangs, selling 14 kg of opium and armed attack on the officers.”

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. Kiani was “in possession of 19.2 kg of opium and a 45 caliber pistol when he was arrested.”

Defense

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

Judgment

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

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