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One Person’s Story

Motalleb Qomiavil


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: January 28, 1985
Location of Killing: Qasr Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking; Drug possession

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Motalleb Qomiavil, son of Ali, along with 24 others, was reported in the Kayhan daily on January 28, 1985.

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of this defendant’s arrest and detention are not known.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial, other than Mr. Qomiavil was tried at one of the tribunals of the Islamic Revolutionary Prosecution Office to Combat Drugs in Tehran.


According to this report, Mr. Qomiavil was charged with “possessing 435 g of heroin when arrested, being highly active in supplying and distributing narcotics, distributing heroin in 50 and 100-gram packages, buying 1.320 kg.”

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. Each year, Iranian authorities sentence to death hundreds of alleged common criminals, 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 the report Mr. Qomiavil has had “3 previous convictions for supplying and distributing heroin and drug addiction and he was also in possession of 435 g of heroin at the time of his arrest.


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


One of the tribunals of the Islamic Revolutionary Prosecution Office to Combat Drugs in Tehran sentenced Mr. Qomiavil to death and the Supreme Court approved the verdict. Mr. Motalleb Qomiavil and 24 other individuals were hanged at Qasr prison in Tehran on January 28, 1985.

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