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One Person’s Story



Age: 40
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Unknown
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: April 11, 2010
Location of Killing: Esfahan, Esfahan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Morteza, along with two others, was published on the websites of IMNA (Isfahan Metropolis News Agency) on April 11, and Fars news agency on April 12, 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. According to the media reports, the defendant was arrested on October 19, 2008.


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


The charges against the defendant were announced as "smuggling narcotics and possession of a hunting weapon with combat ammunition."

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 “having a previous record, supplying, purchasing, and possession of 3 kilograms and 188 grams of extracted heroin (crack cocaine), possession and transportation of opium, burned opium, and addiction to it, transportation and possession of methamphetamine, and having a hunting weapon with combat ammunition.”


No information is available on the defendant's defence.


The court condemned Mr. Morteza to death, six years and four months imprisonment, 11 million Rials fine, and 70 lashes. The ruling was confirmed by the General Public Prosecutor. The defendant’s request for pardon was rejected by the Provincial Pardon Commission, twice, and he was hanged in the yard of Esfahan Central Prison on April 11, 2010. Mr. Morteza was 40 years old.

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