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One Person’s Story



Age: 35
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Unknown
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: 2010
Location of Killing: Esfahan, Esfahan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking; Drug possession

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Azizollah, along with another person, was published on the websites of Esfahan Courthouse and the Kayhan newspaper on May 19, 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 at the Islamic Revolutionary Court in Esfahan.


The charges against Mr. Azizollah were announced as "transportation, assisting in transportation, and possession of 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 announced as “possession of 132 kilograms and 700 grams of opium, transporting 97 kilograms and 800 grams of opium, and having a previous record for narcotics.”


No information is available on the defendant's defence.


The court condemned Mr. Azizollah to death and confiscation of his belongings, and the ruling was confirmed by the General Public Prosecutor. The defendant’s request for pardon was twice denied by the Provincial Pardon Commission and he was hanged in the Esfahan Central prison yard. The exact date of the execution is unknown. Mr. Azizollah was 35 years old.

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