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One Person’s Story

Reza Soltani

About

Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown

Case

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

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Reza Soltani, son of Gholam Reza, 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.

Trial

No information is available on the defendant’s trial.

Charges

According to this report, Mr. Soltani and two other men were collectively charged with “establishing a crime ring to smuggle 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 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 does not contain information regarding the evidence provided against the defendant.

Defense

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

Judgment

The Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Kerman declared Mr. Soltani 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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