Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

for Human Rights in Iran

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One Person’s Story

Hamid Reza A.


Age: 34
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: 2004
Location of Killing: Gonabad, Khorasan\Khorasan-e Razavi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking
Age at time of alleged offense: 32

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Hamid Reza A., along with another person, was published in the Kayhan newspaper on January 4, 2004, quoting the Head of Political and Ideological Police Commander in Gonabad. He was from Mashhad, where he resided, and his case was related to drug trafficking.

Arrest and detention

Mr. Hamid Reza A. was arrested in 2001. The circumstances of his arrest and detention are not known.


Mr. Hamid Reza A. was tried in Gonabad. No information is available on his trial.


The charge brought against Mr. Hamid Reza A. was announced as “transportation 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). 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. Hamid Reza A. was announced as “possession of 38 kilograms of heroin and 10 kilograms of opium.” The same evidence was used against the other defendant, who was arrested a year later.


No information is available on Mr. Hamid Reza A.’s defense.


Mr. Hamid Reza A. was condemned to death and the Supreme Court confirmed the ruling. He was hanged, along with another person, in Gonabad in early 2004. No specific information is available about the defendant’s execution.

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