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One Person’s Story

Ehsan J.

About

Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown

Case

Date of Killing: February 22, 2015
Location: Arak, Markazi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Ehsan J., along with three others, was published on the website of Central Provincial Courthouse on February 22, 2015. 

Arrest and Detention

According to the report, Mr. Ehsan J. possessed narcotics when arrested. There is no specific information about his arrest and detention.

Trial

Branch Two of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Arak tried Mr. Ehsan J. No information is available on his trial. 

Charges

According to the report, the charges against Mr. Ehsan J. were announced as "participation in producing the psychoactive substance methamphetamine and selling 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 evidence presented against Mr. Ehsan J. was “possession of 59 kilograms and 800 grams of methamphetamine” when arrested. 

Defense

No information is available on Mr. Ehsan J.'s defense.    

Judgment

Branch Two of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Arak condemned Mr. Ehsan J. to death and the General Public Prosecutor’s Office and the Head of the Judiciary confirmed the ruling. He was hanged at the Arak Central Prison yard on February 22, 2015 at dawn.          

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