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One Person’s Story

Abdorrahman Janjalzadeh


Age: 35
Nationality: Afghanistan
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: January 17, 2015
Location of Killing: Zahedan Prison, Zahedan, Sistan Va Baluchestan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Unknown charge

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Abdorrahman Janjalzadeh, along with another person, was published on the website of the Human Rights Activists for Democracy in Iran on January 17, 2015. News of the transfer to the Zahedan Central Prison for execution was published on the website of HRANA (Human Rights Activists News Agency) on January 15, 2015. According to these reports, Mr. Janjalzadeh was an Afghan citizen.    

Arrest and Detention

Mr. Janjalzadeh was detained in Zahedan Prison, Section Seven, for five years. On January 15, 2015, he was transferred to solitary confinement and all prison communications with the outside world ceased. There is no specific information on his arrest and detention.


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


According to HRANA, the charge against Mr. Janjalzadeh was announced as "related 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 Mr. Janjalzadeh. 


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


According to the existing information, Mr. Abdorrahman Janjalzadeh was hanged at the Zahedan Central Prison on January 17, 2015. Once before, he had been taken for execution but that was postponed due to his heart attack.            


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