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One Person’s Story

A. Z.


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: 2015
Location of Killing: Hamedan, Hamedan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

News of the execution of a person named as A. Z., along with another person, was published on the website of Hamadan Provincial Courthouse on January 4, 2015.        

Arrest and Detention

There is no specific information on A. Z.’s arrest and detention.


Branch One of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Hamadan tried A. Z. No information is available on his trial. 


The charge against A. Z. was announced as "drug trafficking."

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 A. Z.


No information is available on A. Z.'s defense.    


Branch One of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Hamadan condemned A. Z. to death. The General Public Prosecutor’s Office and the Deputy of the Judiciary confirmed the ruling. The defendant was hanged in Hamadan. The exact date of this execution is unknown.  

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