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One Person’s Story

Hossein Heidarizadeh

About

Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown

Case

Date of Killing: January 24, 2015
Location: Minab, Hormozgan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug related offense

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Hossein Heidarizadeh, along with another person, was published on the website of HRANA (Human Rights Activists News Agency) on January 24, 2015. According to this report, seven prisoners were executed but only two names were announced. Official media did not publish news of these executions. Mr. Heidarizadeh was from the village of Garuk in Hormozgan province.     

Arrest and Detention

There is no specific information on Mr. Heidarizadeh’s arrest and detention.

Trial

No information is available on Mr. Heidarizadeh’s trial. 

Charges

The charges against Mr. Heidarizadeh were announced as "transportation and possession of two kilograms 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 Mr. Heidarizadeh. 

Defense

No information is available on Mr. Heidarizadeh's defense.    

Judgment

Mr. Hossein Heidarizadeh was hanged at the Minab Prison yard on January 24, 2015.     

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