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One Person’s Story

Ali Y.

About

Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown

Case

Date of Killing: May 12, 2015
Location: Arak, Markazi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Ali Y., along with three others, was published on the website of the Markazi Provincial Courthouse on May 13, 2015. According to this source, these executions took place to combat the drug traffickers.

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of Mr. Ali Y.’s arrest and detention are not known.

Trial

Branch Two of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Arak tried Mr. Ali Y. No information is available on his trial.

Charges

According to the Markazi Provincial Courthouse, the charge brought against Mr. Ali Y, was announced as “participation in transferring 19.2 kilograms of heroin.”    

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. Ali Y.

Defense

No information is available on Mr. Ali Y.’s defense.

Judgment

Branch Two of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Arak condemned Mr. Ali Y. to death, the Supreme Court confirmed the ruling and the Head of Judiciary validated it. He was hanged, along with three others, at the Arak Central Prison yard on May 12, 2015.

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