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One Person’s Story

Mohammad Na'im Sh.


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Unknown
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: July 18, 2010
Location of Killing: Kerman, Kerman Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug related offense

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Mohammad Na’im Sh., along with two others, was published on the website of Kerman Courthouse on July 18, 2010. The website of Baluchestan Human Rights Activists, Radio Baluch FM, also reported this execution on the same date and stated the defendant’s name as Na’im Shahbakhsh.

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 Kerman.


According to the website of Kerman Courthouse, the charge against Mr. Mohammad Na’im Sh. (Shahbakhsh) was announced as "selling opium."

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 "selling 275 kilograms of opium."


No information is available on the defendant's defence.


The court condemned Mr. Mohammad Na’im Sh. (Shahbakhsh) to death and the ruling was confirmed by the Supreme Court. The Provincial Pardon Commission rejected the defendant’s requests for pardon and he was hanged in the Kerman prison on July 18, 2010.

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