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One Person’s Story

Gholam Reza Ragh

About

Nationality: Iran
Religion: Unknown
Civil Status: Unknown

Case

Date of Killing: May 21, 1985
Location: Kerman, Kerman Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Gholam Reza Ragh, along with 6 others, was announced in a communiqué of the Islamic Revolutionary Prosecution’s Office of Kerman and reported in the Kayhan newspaper on May 21, 1985.

Arrest and detention

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

Trial

Mr. Ragh was tried at the Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Kerman. No other information is available on the trial.

Charges

According to the report, Mr. Ragh was charged with “having connections with armed smugglers, as well as dealing and distributing 275 kg of opium.”

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

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

Defense

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

Judgment

The Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Kerman sentenced Mr. Ragh to death. The Islamic Revolutionary Supreme Court approved the sentence. He and ten other men were hanged on May 21, 1985 at prison of the Police Department of Kerman.

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