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One Person’s Story

Yunes Maleki


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: July 25, 2015
Location of Killing: Orumieh Prison, Orumieh, Azarbaijan-e Gharbi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug related offense

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Yunes Maleki, along with seven others, was published on the Kurdistan Human Rights Network on September 22, 2015.

Arrest and detention

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


No information is available on Mr. Maleki’s trial.


The charge brought against Mr. Maleki was announced as “related to narcotics.”

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 the Islamic Republic authorities have brought trumped-up charges, including drug trafficking, sexual, and other criminal offences, against their opponents (including political, civil society activists, as well as unionists and ethnic and religious minorities). 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 does not contain information regarding the evidence provided against Mr. Maleki.


No information is available on Mr. Maleki’s defense.


Mr. Yunes Maleki was executed, along with five others, at the Orumieh Central Prison on July 25, 2015. According to an informed source, these prisoners were hanged while the rulings against two of them were yet to be confirmed by the Supreme Court. Therefore, the families of these two defendants filed a complaint against the Public Prosecutor of Orumieh.

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