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Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: May 10, 2015
Location: Hamedan, Hamedan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

News of the execution of an unknown man, along with two others, was published on the websites of the Hamadan Provincial Courthouse and Hamadan News on May 12, 2015, quoting the Public Relations Office of the Hamadan Provincial Courthouse. According to this source, these executions took place to combat the distribution of narcotics.  

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of this unknown man’s arrest and detention are not known.


The Islamic Revolutionary Court of Hamadan tried this unknown man. No information is available on his trial.


According to the Public Relations Office of the Hamadan Provincial Courthouse, the charge brought against the defendant was announced as “distribution of narcotics in the Hamadan province.”   

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 the defendant.


No information is available on the defendant’s defense.


The Islamic Revolutionary Court of Hamadan condemned the defendant to death, the Supreme Court confirmed the ruling and the Head of Judiciary validated it. He was hanged, along with two others, at the Hamadan Central Prison on May 10, 2015.

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