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One Person’s Story

Javad S.


Age: 23
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: June, 2007
Location of Killing: Bandar Abbas, Hormozgan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Javad S., along with three others who were executed in two days, was published on the websites of Fars news agency and the Tose’eh newspaper on June 16, 2007. He was from Rudan in the eastern part of Hormozgan province.

Arrest and Detention

According to Fars news agency, the agents ambushed and arrested him after intense fighting.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial. The trial took place in the Revolutionary Court of Rudan.


The charges against Mr. Javad S. were announced as “armed transportation of 15 kilograms of opium and unarmed transportation of 14 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 or methadone). The exact number of people convicted based on trumped-up charges is unknown.

Evidence of Guilt

The report of this execution does not contain information regarding the evidence provided against the defendant.


No information is available on Mr. Javad’s defence.


The court condemned this defendant to death and the Supreme Court confirmed the ruling. Mr. Javad S. was hanged in Bandar Abbas prison. The exact date of execution is not mentioned in the media reports.

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