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One Person’s Story

Abbas Ramezani-Karim


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: October 22, 1985
Location of Killing: Kerman, Kerman Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Abbas Ramezani-Karim, son of Akbar, along with 12 others, was reported in the Kayhan newspaper on October 22, 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.


According to this report, Mr. Ramezani-Karim was charged with “smuggling drugs for 8 years and buying and selling 830 kg of opium since the last time he was arrested.”

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

The report of this execution mentions that Mr. Ramezani-Karim had a criminal record.


No information is available on Mr. Ramezani-Karim’s defense.


The Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Kerman declared Mr. Ramezani-Karim a “corruptor on earth” and sentenced him to death. The Islamic Revolution’s Supreme Court confirmed the sentenced. He and 12 other individuals were hanged in the prison of the Police Department of Kerman on October 22, 1985.

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