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One Person’s Story

Gholam Reza Shahriari


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: 2000
Location of Killing: Mazandaran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Gholam Reza Shahriari, son of Hossein, along with two others, was published in the Kayhan newspaper on February 24, 2000. According to the Drug Control Headquarters’ report, his case and those of the other two defendants were related to the identification and arrest of several drug trafficking gangs in the Mazandaran province.  

Arrest and detention

The Mazandaran Police arrested Mr. Shahriari. The circumstances of his arrest and detention are not known.


The Islamic Revolutionary Court tried Mr. Shahriari. No information is available on his trial.


The charge brought against Mr. Shahriari was announced as “dealing of 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 evidence presented against Mr. Shahriari was “possession of 510 kilograms of heroin.” 


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


The Islamic Revolutionary Court condemned Mr. Gholam Reza Shahriari to death. The Supreme Court and the General Public Prosecutor confirmed the ruling and he was hanged, along with two others, in Mazandaran in 2000. No specific information is available about this execution.

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