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One Person’s Story

A. S.


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: October 25, 2007
Location of Killing: Arak, Markazi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Addiction; Drug trafficking

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. A. S., along with another person, was published on the website of ISNA (Iranian Students News Agency) on October 29, 2007, quoting the Public Relations Office of the Judiciary of the Central Province (Markazi).

Arrest and Detention

There is no specific information on the defendant’s arrest and detention. According to ISNA, the defendant was arrested by Arak police.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial other than it took place in the Revolutionary Court of Arak.


The charges against the defendant were announced as “carrying, possession, and distribution of 18 kilograms of morphine and 100 grams of burned opium, and also addiction to 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 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. A. S. to death and the ruling was confirmed by the Public Prosecution Office. He was hanged in Arak Prison on October 25, 2007 at dawn.

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