Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

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One Person’s Story



Nationality: Unknown
Religion: Unknown
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: 2000
Location of Killing: Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug related offense

About this Case

News of the execution of an unknown person was based on the Abdorrahman Boroumand Foundation’s research, quoting statistics announced by the Security Deputy of the Interior Ministry published in the Iran newspaper on June 30, 2001. This case was related to narcotics.

According to the Security Deputy of the Interior Ministry, a total of 15,869 individuals had been arrested in relation to narcotics between March 21, 1999 and March 20, 2000 among whom a total of 1,735 individuals had been condemned to death. The death sentences against 400 individuals were confirmed and, ultimately, a total of 233 individuals were executed. (Iran newspaper) *

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of this defendant’s arrest and detention are not known.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


The charge brought against the defendant was announced as “crimes 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 did not provide any specific information on the evidence presented against the defendant. 


No information is available on the defendant’s defense.


This individual was executed between March 21, 1999 and March 20, 2000. However, no specific information is available about the defendant’s execution.


* The Abdorrahman Boroumand Foundation had gathered the identity of 55 individuals executed for narcotics’ related charges between March 21, 1999 and March 20, 2000. Based on the newspaper report, another 178 unknown individuals would have been executed during this period.

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