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One Person’s Story

Maryam Khakpur


Age: 41
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: November 25, 2021
Location of Killing: Dastgerd Prison, Dastgerd, Esfahan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug related offense
Age at time of alleged offense: 36

About this Case

The execution of Ms. Maryam Khakpur was reported by Iran Human rights Organization Website (November 26, 2021). News of this execution was not reported in the Iranian media, nor was it broadcast by official sources.

According to available information, Ms. Khakpur was 41 and she was from Kashan.  She had divorced her husband in 2014.  Her and her ex-husband’s case has to do with illegal drugs charges in 2017.

Arrest and detention

Ms. Khakpur spent 5 years in the women’s section of Dastgerd Prison.  However, the circumstances of her arrest and detention are not known.


No information is available on Ms. Khakpur’s trial.


The charge brought against Ms. Kahkpur was “drug offences”.

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 Islamic Republic authorities have brought trumped-up charges against their political opponents and executed them for alleged drug trafficking, sexual, and other criminal offences. 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 does not contain information regarding the evidence provided against the Ms. Khakpur.


In her defense, Ms. Khakpur had said several times, “The illegal drugs did not belong to her and she was innocent.  She had said that the drugs belonged to her husband.”


Ms. Khakpur was sentenced to death.  This sentence was carried out on Thursday November 25, 2021, at Dastgerd Prison in Esfahan, and she was hung.

Ms. Khakpur’s ex-husband was sentenced to 18 years in prison for the same charges.

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