Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

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One Person’s Story



Age: 38
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: 2003
Location of Killing: Kangan, Bushehr Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Abdollah, without his last name, was published in the Ettela’at newspaper on March 3, 2003. His case was related to drug trafficking.    

Arrest and detention

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


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


The charge brought against Mr. Abdollah 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). 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. Abdollah was “possession of one kilogram and 238 grams of heroin.”  


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


A court condemned Mr. Abdollah to death. He was hanged in the presence of judicial authorities in Kangan in early 2003. No specific information is available regarding this execution.  

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