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One Person’s Story



Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: May 23, 2015
Location: Ardebil, Ardebil Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

News of the execution of an unknown man was published on the website of the Ardebil Provincial Courthouse on May 23, 2015, quoting the Public Relations Office of the Ardebil Provincial Courthouse.

Arrest and detention

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


Branch One of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Ardebil tried this unknown man. No information is available on his trial.


According to the Public Relations Office of the Ardebil Provincial Courthouse, the charge brought against the defendant was announced as “purchasing and possession of heroin and methamphetamine.”    

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 the defendant was “possession of 990 grams of heroin and 995 grams of methamphetamine.”


No information is available on the defendant’s defense.


Branch One of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Ardebil condemned the defendant to death. The General Public Prosecutor and the Head of Judiciary confirmed the ruling. The defendant was hanged in the Ardebil Prison on May 23, 2015 in the morning. Twice the Pardon Committee of the Judiciary denied his pardon request. 

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