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One Person’s Story

Ali S.


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Unknown
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: July 5, 2010
Location: Esfahan Prison, Esfahan, Esfahan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Ali S., along three others, was published on the websites of Esfahan Courthouse on July 5, Iscanews on July 6, and Fars news agency on July 7, 2010, quoting the Public Relations Office of the Esfahan Courthouse.

Arrest and Detention

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


No information is available on the defendant’s trial. This trial took place in Branch Four of the Islamic Revolutionary Court in Esfahan.


The charge against Mr. Ali S. was announced as "participation in transporting opium twice."

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 announced as “transportation of 187 kilograms of opium.”


No information is available on the defendant's defence.


The court condemned Mr. Ali S. to death and confiscation of his belongings except ordinary household items. The ruling was confirmed by the General Public Prosecutor. After the defendant’s requests for pardon were denied twice, he was hanged in the Esfahan Central prison yard on July 5, 2010. Mr. Ali S. was 43 years old.

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