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One Person’s Story

Rostam Sepahi

About

Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown

Case

Date of Killing: November 15, 2007
Location: Zahedan Prison, Zahedan, Sistan Va Baluchestan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking; Possession of arms

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Rostam Sepahi was published on the websites of IRNA (Islamic Republic News Agency) and ISNA (Iranian Students News Agency) on November 15, 2007, quoting the Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor’s Office of Zahedan.

Arrest and Detention

There is no specific information on the defendant’s arrest and detention.

Trial

No information is available on the defendant’s trial.

Charges

The charges against Mr. Sepahi were announced as “carrying and importing of 274 kilograms of opium and carrying and possession of two weapons with ammunition.”

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.

Defense

No information is available on the defense.

Judgment

The court condemned Mr. Rostam Sepahi to death and the ruling was confirmed by the Supreme Judiciary. He was hanged in the Zahedan prison yard on November 15, 2007.

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