Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

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One Person’s Story

Navab P.


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: 2003
Location of Killing: Bam, Kerman Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Acting against state's security; Drug trafficking; Murder

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Navab P., along with four others, was published in the Jomhuri Eslami newspaper on October 20, 2003, quoting the Public Relations Office of the Kerman Courthouse. His case and the cases of the other defendants were related to murder, drug trafficking, and acts against national security.

Arrest and detention

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


The Islamic Revolutionary Court of Bam tried Mr. Navab P. No information is available on his trial.


The charges brought against Mr. Navab P. and the other four defendants were collectively announced as “murder, drug trafficking, and acts against national security.”  

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 Mr. Navab P.


No information is available on Mr. Navab P.’s defense.


The Islamic Revolutionary Court of Bam condemned Mr. Navab P. to death and the Supreme Court confirmed the ruling. He was hanged, along with the other four defendants, in public in Bam in 2003. No specific information is available about this execution.

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