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One Person’s Story

Mohammad Nabi Nuri


Age: 30
Nationality: Afghanistan
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: February 25, 2007
Location of Killing: Tabas, Khorasan\Khorasan-e Razavi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Mohammad Nabi Nuri, known as Hossein Abdollahzadeh, a citizen of Afghanistan and resident of Zabol (Sistan and Baluchestan Province), was published on the websites of ISNA (Iranian Students News Agency) and the Police Information Base on February 26, 2007.

Arrest and Detention

According to the Police Information Base report, the defendant was arrested by the officers of the “Shahid Taqipur-Dihuvak” check-point in Tabas (Yazd Province) on January 7, 2005. According to ISNA, he was arrested on January 8, 2005.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


The charge against the defendant was announced as “carrying 9 kilograms and 800 grams of 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 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 judiciary officials condemned Mr. Mohammad Nabi Nuri to death and confiscation of his possessions and the vehicle containing the narcotics. He was hanged in Tabas Prison on February 25, 2007 at dawn.

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