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One Person’s Story

Mahmud N


Age: 24
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Unknown
Civil Status: Unknown


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

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Mahmud N. was published on the website of the Nesfejahan newspaper on November 23, 2010, quoting the Head of Police Information Base in Esfahan.

Arrest and Detention

There is no specific information on the defendant’s arrest and detention. According to this report, he was arrested by the Narcotics Combat Police in Kashan.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial. This trial took place in the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Kashan.


The charges against Mr. Mahmud N. were announced as "transportation and possession of 500 grams of crack."

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.


No information is available on the defendant's defence.


The court condemned Mr. Mahmud N. to death and the ruling was confirmed by the Supreme Court. He was hanged at the Central Prison yard in Kashan. The exact date of this execution is unknown. Mr. Mahmud N. was 24 years old.

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