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One Person’s Story

Fathollah Darvishi


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: May 10, 2011
Location: Miandoab Prison, Miandoab, Azarbaijan-e Gharbi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Fathollah Darvishi, along with two others, was published on the websites of the Mukrian news agency on May 11, and (without mentioning his name) IRNA (Islamic Republic News Agency) on May 10, 2011. According to the Head of Miandoab Courthouse, one of the three was a resident of Miandoab and the other two were residents of Orumieh.    

Arrest and Detention

There is no specific information on Mr. Darvishi’s arrest and detention. According to IRNA, he was arrested in Minadoab.       


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


The charge against Mr. Fathollah Darvishi was announced as "drug trafficking."          

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 Mr. Darvishi.


No information is available on Mr. Darvishi 's defense.    


The court condemned Mr. Fathollah Darvishi to death and the ruling was confirmed by the Supreme Court. He was hanged in the Miandoab Prison yard on May 10, 2011.                     


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