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One Person’s Story

Behruz R.


Nationality: Afghanistan
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: December 18, 2006
Location of Killing: Bam, Kerman Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Behruz R., along with another individual, was announced by the website of the Police Information Center on December 19, 2006. His case and that of another individual pertain to trafficking illegal drugs as well as armed struggle against the police force.

Arrest and detention

Mr. Behruz R. was arrested by the police force of Kerman Province. According to the report by the Police Information Center, he and another individual managed to escape after an armed struggle with the police force. He was later arrested by the police. However, there is no further information available on the details of Mr. Behruz R.’s and the other defendant’s arrest and detention.


Mr. Behruz R. went on trial in Kerman Province. However, there is no information available on the details of the session or sessions of his trial.


Mr. Behruz R. was charged with “trafficking illegal drugs and armed struggle with the police force.”

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

There is no further information available on the details of the evidence of guilt entered against Mr. Behruz R.


There is no further information available on the details of Mr. Behruz R.’s defense.


Mr. Behruz R. was sentenced to death. He was hanged, along with the other defendant, in one of Bam County’s squares in public on December 18, 2006.

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