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Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: November 6, 2002
Location of Killing: Central Prison, Tabriz, Azarbaijan-e Sharqi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug possession

About this Case

News of execution of an unknown person was published on IRNA on November 05, 2002.

His case was related to drug offenses.

Arrest and detention

Agents of Drug Control Headquarter’s office of Tabriz arrested this person during a pre-arranged fake drug sale in 2000. There is no additional information available on the circumstances of his/ her arrest and detention.


Branch 3 of the Islamic Revolutionary court of Tabriz tried this person. No further detail is available on the defendant’s trial.


The charge brought against the defendant is announced as “drug possession”. He was charged with possessing 2 kg of heroin at the time of arrest.

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 evidence provided against the defendant was two kg of heroin at the time of arrest.


No information is available on the defendant’s defense.


Branch 3 of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Tabriz sentenced this person to death. The sentence was then approved by the Chief Public Prosecutor and he/she was hanged in the morning of Wednesday, November 06, 2002 in Tabriz Prison.

This person was also sentenced to property confiscation.

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