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One Person’s Story



Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: June 8, 2004
Location of Killing: Gonabad, Khorasan\Khorasan-e Razavi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

The execution of an unknown person was reported by Khorasan Newspaper (June 9, 2004) quoting the Religious-Political Commissar of the Police Force Headquarters of the town of Gonabad.

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of this unknown person’s arrest and detention are not known.


No information is available on this unknown person’s trial.


The charge brought against this unknown person was “drug smuggling”.

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). Each year Iranian authorities sentence to death hundreds of alleged common criminals, following judicial processes that fail to meet international standards. The exact number of people convicted and executed based on trumped-up charges is unknown. 

Evidence of guilt

The report of this execution does not contain information regarding the evidence providedagainst the defendant.


No information is available on this unknown person’s defense.


This unknown person was condemned to death by hanging. The Supreme Court approved this sentence. He was executed in Gonabad on June 8, 2004.

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