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One Person’s Story


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim


Date of Killing: November 20, 2007
Location of Killing: Birjand, Khorasan\Khorasan-e Razavi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Unspecified execution method
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

The execution of five un-named individuals was announced on the websites of the Fars and ISNA (Iranian Students News Agency) news agencies quoting the News Correspondent of the South Khorasan Court on November 20, 2007.

Arrest and Detention

The circumstances of these defendants’ arrest and detention are not known.


No information is available on the defendants’ trial other than it took place in the Revolutionary Court of Birjand (South Khorasan province).


The charges against the defendants were announced as “purchasing, supplying, and distributing narcotics.”

The validity of the criminal charges brought against these defendants 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, or methadone). The exact number of people convicted based on trumped-up charges is unknown.

Evidence of Guilt

The evidence provided against the defendants was announced as “recovering 110 kilograms of morphine, 33 kilograms of opium, 2 kilograms of heroin, and one kilogram and 500 grams of crystal.”


No information is available on the defense of these individuals.


The court condemned these defendants to death and the Supreme Court and the Chief Public Prosecutor confirmed the ruling. Five defendants were executed in Birjand on November 20, 2007.

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