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One Person’s Story

N. R.

About

Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown

Case

Date of Killing: May 31, 2015
Location: Sari Prison, Sari, Mazandaran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug possession; Drug trafficking

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. N. R., along with another person, was published on the website of the Mazandaran Provincial Courthouse on May 31, 2015.

Arrest and detention

According to the report, Mr. N. R. had been imprisoned for narcotics. He was on leave from the prison when rearrested in possession of narcotics. The circumstances of his arrest and detention are not known.

Trial

No information is available on Mr. N. R.’s trial.

Charges

According to the Public Relations Office of the Mazandaran Provincial Courthouse, quoting the General Public Prosecutor of Mazandarn, the charge brought against Mr. N. R. was announced as “transportation of 29 kilograms and 320 grams of opium.” During his first trial, he had been charged with “transportation of 24 kilograms of opium.”     

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 Mr. N. R. was “having a criminal record.”

Defense

No information is available on Mr. N. R.’s defense.

Judgment

The court condemned Mr. N. R. to death and he was hanged in the presence of the General Public Prosecutor of Mazandarn at the Sari Prison yard on May 31, 2015. Twice the Pardon Committee of the Judiciary denied his pardon request. 

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