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One Person’s Story

Rasul Mirsafa

About

Nationality: Iran
Religion: Unknown
Civil Status: Unknown

Case

Date of Killing: September 21, 2010
Location: Esfahan, Esfahan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug possession

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Rasul Mirsafa, along with two others, was published on the website of Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran on September 23, 2010.

Arrest and Detention

There is no specific information on the defendant’s arrest and detention. According to the report, he had been awaiting execution in Section Three of the Central Prison in Esfahan for several years.

Trial

No information is available on the defendant’s trial.

Charges

The charge against Mr. Rasul Mirsafa was announced as "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 report of this execution did not provide any specific information on the evidence presented against the defendant.

Defence

No information is available on the defendant’s defence.

Judgment

No specific information is available about the defendant's execution. Mr. Rasul Mirsafa was hanged at the Central Prison (Dastgerd) in Esfahan on September 21, 2010.

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