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One Person’s Story

Dariush Keshavarzi


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: 2001
Location of Killing: Abadeh, Fars Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking; Murder

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Dariush Keshavarzi, son of Hossein, along with another person, was published in the Kayhan newspaper on March 1, 2001. His case and the case of the other defendant were related to the killing of three agents during a clash and chase in 1999.

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of Mr. Keshavarzi’s arrest and detention are not known. According to the report, there had been a clash and chase with officials on January 7, 1999, but it’s not known whether he was arrested on that day or later.


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


The charges brought against Mr. Keshavarzi were announced as “committing a murder, participation in armed transportation of over 900 kilograms of opium, participation in carrying three Kalashnikovs illegally, dealing and addiction to narcotics, and assistance in smuggling 1,400 kilograms of opium.”

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. Keshavarzi.


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


Mr. Dariush Keshavarzi was condemned to death, lashes, confiscation of property, and paying a fine. He was hanged, along with another person, in public at a square in Abadeh, Fars, on February 29, 2001.  


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