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One Person’s Story

Bakhtiar S


Age: 44
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Unknown
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: December 4, 2010
Location of Killing: Esfahan, Esfahan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug related offense; Addiction; Drug trafficking; Drug possession

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Bakhtiar S., along with three others, was published on the websites of Esfahan Courthouse on December 5, and ISNA (Iranian Students News Agency) on December 4, 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 Branch One of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Esfahan.


The charges against Mr. Bakhtiar S. were announced as "having a previous record for narcotics, possession of 74 kilograms and 800 grams of crack [cocaine], transportation and possession of 56 kilograms and 100 grams of crack [cocaine], possession of 603 grams opium, 94 grams of burned opium and two opium pipes, and addiction."

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 did not provide any specific information on the evidence presented against the defendant.


No information is available on the defendant's defence.


The court condemned Mr. Bakhtiar S. to death, two years imprisonment, 18.2 million Rials fine, and 70 lashes. The ruling was confirmed by the General Public Prosecutor. After the defendant’ requests for pardon were denied, twice, he was hanged in the Esfahan Central prison yard on December 4, 2010. Mr. Bakhtiar S. was 44 years old.

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