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One Person’s Story

Sayad Ansari


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Unknown
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: February 28, 2011
Location of Killing: Central Prison (Darya), Orumieh, Azarbaijan-e Gharbi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Unspecified execution method
Charges: Drug related offense

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Sayad Ansari, along with eight others, was published on the website of HRANA (Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran) on March 1, 2011. According to this report, seven of the nine were Kurds and two were Azari including two women. Seven individuals were residents of the border town of Sarv in Azarbaijan-e Gharbi province. In a different report on March 4, 2011, HRANA confirmed the execution of eleven individuals on the same day.            

Arrest and Detention

There is no specific information on the defendant’s arrest and detention.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.      


The charge against Mr. Sayad Ansari was announced as "drug related."        

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.    


No specific information is available about the defendant’s execution. Mr. Sayad Ansari was executed in Orumieh Central Prison on February 28, 2011.             


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