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One Person’s Story

Mohammad Ja'fari


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: March 8, 2007
Location of Killing: Minab, Hormozgan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Mohammad Ja’fari, along with another person, was published on the websites of ISNA (Iranian Students News Agency) and Hormozgan Province Court House on March 11, 2007, quoting the Public Relations Office of the Hormozgan Province Court.

Arrest and Detention

The circumstances of this defendant’s arrest and detention are not known. According to the report, the defendant was arrested, along with his collaborator, on October 29, 2003.


No information is available on the defendants’ trial. This trial took place in the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Minab.


The charges against Mr. Ja’fari were announced as “participation in transportation of 202 kilograms of opium, 10 kilograms of heroin, and 82 kilograms of hashish.”

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 Islamic Republic authorities have brought trumped-up charges against their political opponents and executed them for alleged 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. Scores of them were executed based on a 1989 law imposing mandatory death sentences on drug traffickers found in possession of specified amounts of proscribed narcotics (5 kg of hashish or opium, and more than 30 grams of heroin, codeine or methadone). 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.


No information is available on the defense.


The court condemned Mr. Ja’fari to death. His pardon and punishment reduction requests were rejected in the Provincial Pardon Commission. He was hanged at the main square of Minab on March 8, 2007. No information is available regarding the appeal of this case to a higher court.

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