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One Person’s Story

Zaher G.


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Unknown
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: January - February, 2011
Location of Killing: Central Prison, Kerman, Kerman Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug possession

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Zaher G. along with three others, was published on the website of the Kerman Provincial Courthouse on February 17, 2011.        

Arrest and Detention

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


This trial took place in the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Kerman. No further information is available about the defendant’s trial.    


The charge against Mr. Zaher G. was announced as "transportation of 560 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 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 defense.    


The court condemned Mr. Zaher G. to death and the ruling was confirmed by the General Public Prosecutor’s Office. The defendant’s pardon request was denied by the Pardon Commission and he was hanged in Kerman Central Prison in February of 2011. The exact date of this execution is unknown.            

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