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One Person’s Story

Gol Ahmad Afghan (Teimuri)


Nationality: Unknown
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: April 25, 2001
Location of Killing: Birjand, Khorasan\Khorasan-e Razavi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Gol Ahmad Afghan (Teimuri), along with three others, was published in the Ettela’at and Kayhan newspapers on April 30, 2001, quoting the News and Information Office of the Judiciary.

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of Mr. Afghan (Teimuri)’s arrest and detention are not known.


The Islamic Revolutionary Court of Birjand tried Mr. Afghan (Teimuri). No information is available on his trial.


The charge brought against Mr. Afghan (Teimuri) 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 Mr. Afghan (Teimuri).


No information is available on Mr. Afghan (Teimuri)’s defense.


The court condemned Mr. Gol Ahmad Afghan (Teimuri) to death and the Supreme Court confirmed the ruling. He was executed in public in Birjand on April 25, 2001. 

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