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One Person’s Story

H. R.


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Unknown
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: December 26, 2011
Location of Killing: Shahrud, Semnan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug possession; Drug trafficking

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. H. R. a resident of Esfaraien, along with four others, was published on the websites of IRNA (Islamic Republic News Agency) and Semnan Courthouse on December 26, 2011, quoting the Public Relations Office of Semnan Courthouse. 

Arrest and Detention

There is no specific information on the defendant’s arrest and detention.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial. This trial took place in the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Shahrud.  

The Public Court of Mashhad tried this defendant. No further information is available on the defendant’s trial.


The charges against Mr. H. R. were announced as "transportation and possession 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). Each year Iranian authorities sentence to death hundreds of alleged common criminals, following judicial processes that fail to meet international standards. The exact number of people convicted and executed 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.    


The court condemned Mr. H. R. to death and the ruling was confirmed by the General Public Prosecutor’s Office. The defendant’s pardon request was denied by the Central Pardon Committee and he was hanged in Shahrud prison on December 26, 2011.   

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