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One Person’s Story



Nationality: Iran
Religion: Unknown
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: September 20, 2010
Location of Killing: Yazd, Yazd Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. M. M., along with two others, was published on the websites of Fars news agency and IRNA (Islamic Republic News Agency) on September 21, 2010, quoting the Public Relations Office of Yazd 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 Two of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Yazd.


The charge against Mr. M. M. 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 announced as, “participation in hiding of 111 kilograms of heroin.”


No information is available on the defendant's defence.


The court condemned Mr. M. M. to death and confiscation of his belongings and the ruling was confirmed by the General Public Prosecutor’s Office. His request for punishment reduction was denied by the Judiciary Pardon Commission. He was hanged at the central prison in Yazd on September 20, 2010.

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