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One Person’s Story

Malek S.


Age: 30
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. Malek 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

The circumstances of this defendant’s arrest and detention are not known. According to the media reports, agents arrested him in his house.


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


The charge against Mr. Malek S. was announced as “dealing one kilogram and 18 grams of heroin.”

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

According to the media reports, “He tried unsuccessfully to hide the heroin when agents entered his house.” The report of this execution does not contain any information regarding the evidence of selling heroin by the defendant.


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


The court condemned this defendant to death and confiscation of his possessions. The Supreme Court confirmed the ruling and the Pardon Commission voted against his pardon. Mr. Malek S. was hanged in Bandar Abbas prison. The exact date of his execution is not mentioned in the media reports.

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