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One Person’s Story



Age: 43
Nationality: Unknown
Religion: Unknown
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: May 4, 2004
Location of Killing: Qezel Hesar Prison, Karaj, Alborz Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug related offense
Age at time of alleged offense: 40

About this Case

News of the execution of an unknown man was published on the website of the Iran newspaper on May 5, 2004. He was married, 43, and a prisoner at Raja’ishahr Prison in Karaj, condemned to life imprisonment for drug trafficking. According to this report, his case was related to supplying and transferring narcotics into the Raja’ishahr Prison in Karaj.   

Arrest and detention

According to the existing information, agents of Raja’ishahr Prison in Karaj identified and arrested this prisoner, after arresting his wife, who had attempted to smuggle 200 grams of heroin into the prison, during her visitation on October 11, 2001.  


Following a complaint filed by the warden of Raja’ishahr Prison in Karaj, Branch One of the Islamic Revolutionary Court in Karaj tried this person. No information is available on his trial.


The charges brought against the defendant were announced as “participation in supplying and smuggling narcotics into the prison.”      

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 the defendant. However, according to the existing information, 200 grams of heroin were recovered from his wife while attempting to smuggle them into the prison during a visitation.


No information is available on the defendant’s defense.


Branch One of the Islamic Revolutionary Court in Karaj condemned this person to death and the Supreme Court confirmed the ruling. He was hanged at the Qezelhesar Prison in Karaj on May 4, 2004. 

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