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One Person’s Story

Karim Rabanipur


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: January 25, 2015
Location: Karaj, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug related offense

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Karim Rabanipur, along with two others, was based on a research performed by the Boroumand Foundation on January 26, 2015.  

Arrest and Detention

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


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


The charge against Mr. Rabanipur 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. Rabanipur.  


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


Mr. Karim Rabanipur was hanged at the Karaj Central Prison on January 25, 2015. No specific information is available about this execution.            

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