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One Person’s Story

Abdollah Ayashi

About

Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown

Case

Date of Killing: March 1, 1989
Location: Shiraz, Fars Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Abdollah Ayashi, son of Jonayd, along with 49 other individuals who were executed in 15 different cities on one day for drug trafficking, was announced in the communiqué of the Center for Combating Narcotics and published in the Jomhuri Eslami newspaper on March 2, 1989.

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 other than it took place in the Revolutionary Court of Shiraz.

Charges

The collective charges against Mr. Abdollah Ayashi, along with four others, were announced as “participation in supplying, possession, and distribution of narcotics, specifically possession of 11,985 kilograms of opium.”

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 Islamic Republic authorities have brought trumped-up charges against their political opponents and executed them for alleged 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. Scores of them were executed based on a 1989 law, imposing mandatory death sentences on drug traffickers found in possession of specified amounts of proscribed narcotics (5 kg of hashish or opium, and more than 30 grams of heroin, codeine, methadone, or morphine). The exact number of people convicted based on trumped-up charges is unknown.

Evidence of Guilt

The newspaper called the five defendants “professional smugglers in the region with previous criminal records for similar crimes, distribution of alcoholic beverages, and attempting to escape during his arrest.”

Defense

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

Judgment

The court condemned Mr. Abdollah Ayashi to death and he was hanged in Shiraz on March 1, 1989.

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