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One Person’s Story

Ahmad Reza M.


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: May 19, 2015
Location of Killing: Arak, Markazi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Ahmad Reza M. along with three others, was published on the website of the Markazi Provincial Courthouse on May 19, 2015. According to this source, these executions took place to combat drug traffickers.

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of Mr. Ahmad Reza M.’s arrest and detention are not known.


Branch One of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Khomein tried Mr. Ahmad Reza M. No information is available on his trial.


According to the Markazi Provincial Courthouse, the charges brought against Mr. Ahmad Reza M, were announced as “selling 11 grams of methamphetamine, possession of 601 grams of heroin and 379 grams of 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 report of this execution did not provide any specific information on the evidence presented against Mr. Ahmad Reza M.


No information is available on Mr. Ahmad Reza M’s defense.


Branch One of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Khomein condemned Mr. Ahmad Reza M. 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 19, 2015.

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