Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

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One Person’s Story

Simin Ozra Qolipur


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: September 26, 1987
Location of Killing: Qasr Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Prostitution and/or procuring; Drug trafficking

About this Case

About this Case

The execution of Ms. Simin Ozra Qolipur, daughter of Ahmad Ali, along with fifteen others, was reported in the Kayhan newspaper on September 26, 1987.

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of Ms. Qolipur’s arrest and detention are not known.


There is no information regarding this trial.


According to the newspaper, Ms. Qolipur was charged with “being highly and continuously active in promoting corruption and prostitution in society from the time she was 18 until the victory of the revolution, large scale supply and distribution of heroin in Tehran through forcing children, after the revolution, buying heroin in 200 and 300-gram packages and selling it in smaller packages, buying heroin from the Afghans and distributing it, and having destroyed several youth through her shameful acts.”

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. Thousands of alleged drug traffickers have been sentenced to death 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

No information is available concerning the evidence presented against the accused.


No information is available concerning Ms. Qolipur’s defense.


The Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal to Combat Drugs declared Ms. Qolipur a “corruptor on earth” and sentenced her to death. She was “transferred from the Prosecutor’s Office of Rumi Bridge to the guards’ room in Qasr Prison, where the religious ceremony was held.” Mr. Qolipur was hanged at Qasr Prison on September 26, 1987.

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