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One Person’s Story

Yaqub Qalandarzehi


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: December 6, 2018
Location of Killing: Central Prison, Kerman, Kerman Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug related offense

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Ya’qub Qalandarzehi along with 11 others was published on the websites of Mizan News Agency (February 20, 2019) and HRANA (December 6, 2018). Additional information was collected from the websites of Gunaz TV (December 6, 2018), Campaign to Defend Civil and Political Prisoners in Iran (December 6, 2018), Iran Human Rights (December 4, 2018) and Human Rights Defense Association for Iran (February 3, 2019).

Mr. Qalandazehi was Baluch and from the Vali Mohammadzehi tribe of the Qalanderzehi clan. He was from Gohar Kuh village of Khash in Sistan va Baluchestan. (Gunaz TV)

The case of Mr. Qalanderzehi and three others* was related to drug activities in Kerman in 2010.

Arrest and detention

Mr. Qalandarzehi and his three codefendants were arrested in Kahnuj in 2010 (Human Rights Defense Association for Iran). He was in prison for eight years and spent most of his time in Kahnuj Prison, and was then transferred to Kerman Prison. Mr. Qalandarzehi’s family visited him for the last time in Kerman Prison (HRANA, Baloch Activists Campaign, Gunaz TV).


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


The charge brought against Mr. Qalandarzehi was announced as “drug charges”.

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 prescribed 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 does not contain information regarding the evidence provided against the defendant.


The request for an appeal in Mr. Qalandarzehi and his codefendants’ case based on the 2018 drug law reform was rejected (Iran Human Rights).

There is no information available on his defense during trial.


Mr. Ya’qub Qalandarzehi and 11 other people were hanged in Kerman Central Prison on December 6, 2018.

His body was given to his family (Gunaz TV).


*Mr. Jalili Shahbakhsh, Mr. Yusef Shahbakhsh, and Mr. Abdolghani Qalandarzehi

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