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One Person’s Story



Nationality: Iran
Religion: Unknown
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: October 10, 2010
Location of Killing: Zanjan, Zanjan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. A. S., along with three others, was published on the websites of Zanjan Provincial Courthouse and Fars news agency on October 10, 2010.

Arrest and Detention

There is no specific information on the defendant’s arrest and detention. According to the Fars news agency report, the defendant was arrested within Zanjan jurisdiction.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


The charge against the defendant was announced as "smuggling narcotics."

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 evidence presented against the defendant was reported as, “possession of 20 kilograms and 250 grams of heroin, one kilogram and 315 grams of ecstasy pills, and 38 kilograms and 650 grams of opium.”


No information is available on the defendant's defence.


No specific information is available about the defendant’s execution. Mr. A. S. was hanged at Zanjan central prison in Eslamabad on October 10, 2010.

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