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One Person’s Story

Gh B


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Unknown
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: March 2, 2010
Location of Killing: Lorestan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Gh. B., along with another person, was published on the websites of the Kayhan newspaper on March 1, and IRNA (Islamic Republic News Agency) on March 8, 2010, quoting the Public Relations Office of the Lorestan Courthouse.

Arrest and Detention

There is no specific information on the defendant’s arrest and detention. According to the Kayhan newspaper, these two defendants were arrested in Khorramabad on February 16, 2008.


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


The charges against Mr. Gh. B. were announced as "purchasing and transporting 3 kilograms and 990 grams of crack [cocaine] and 3 kilograms and 9 grams of heroin."

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 his “confession”.

International human rights organizations have repeatedly condemned the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran for its systematic use of torture to obtain confessions from detainees and have questioned the authenticity of confessions obtained under duress.


No information is available on the defendant's defence.


The court condemned Mr. Gh. B. to death and confiscation of his belongings. The ruling was confirmed by the General Public Prosecutor’s Office and the Pardon Commission. He was hanged at the Training and Job Center of Lorestan on March 2, 2010.

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