Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

for Human Rights in Iran

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One Person’s Story

Kh. R.


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Unknown
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: February 15, 2011
Location of Killing: Sanandaj, Kordestan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug possession; Addiction; Drug related offense

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Kh. R., along with another person, was published on the websites of Kurdistan Courthouse and IRNA (Islamic Republic News Agency) on February 15, 2011, quoting the Public Relations Office of the Kurdistan Courthouse.        

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 charges against Mr. Kh. R. were announced as "participation in purchasing, possession, transportation, and distribution of one kilogram and 600 grams of concealed heroin, purchasing, transporting, and possession of 690 grams of heroin, and addiction to 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.


No information is available on the defendant's defence.    


The court condemned Mr. Kh. R. to death and the ruling was confirmed by the General Public Prosecutor’s Office. The defendant’s pardon request was denied and he was hanged in Sanandaj central prison on February 15, 2011.            



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