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One Person’s Story

Abolqasem Gh.


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: 2004
Location of Killing: Ahvaz, Khuzestan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Abolqasem Gh. was published in the Jomhuri Eslami newspaper on May 6, 2004, quoting the Information and Public Relations Office of the Khuzestan Courthouse. His case was related to drug trafficking.

Arrest and detention

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


The Khuzestan Courthouse tried Mr. Abolqasem Gh. No information is available on his trial.


The charge brought against Mr. Abolqasem Gh. 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 report of this execution did not provide any specific information on the evidence presented against Mr. Abolqasem Gh.


No information is available on Mr. Abolqasem Gh.’s defense.


The Khuzestan Courthouse condemned Mr. Abolqasem Gh. to death and the Supreme Court confirmed the ruling. He was hanged in public at the Salman Farsi Street in Ahvaz in 2004. No specific information is available about this execution.

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