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One Person’s Story

Mahmud Dadbud


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: July 5, 1980
Location of Killing: Shiraz, Fars Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Unspecified execution method
Charges: Drug trafficking; Corruption on earth

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Mahmud Dadbud and 15 others was reported by the correspondents of the Jomhuri Eslami and Kayhan dailies in Shiraz (July 5, 1980).

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’s authorities have brought trumped up charges against their political opponents and executed them for 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. The exact number of people convicted based on trumped-up charges is unknown

Arrest and detention

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


Based on the Jomhuri Eslami report, the religious judge traveled to Shiraz and, after visiting the Revolutionary Guard (Pasdaran) headquarters of Shiraz, headed for the Shiraz Tribunal, where he examined the cases of sixteen individuals charged with a range of crimes from killing and suppression of revolutionary combatants to drug dealing and sodomy. Mr. Dadbud was one of the defendants.


Based on the Kayhan report, Mr. Dadbud, from Babol, was charged with “buying and selling drugs and smuggling heroin from Abadeh and Hamedan and Esfahan to Shiraz.”

Evidence of guilt

The reports contain no information regarding the evidence presented against the defendant at the trial.


No information is available on the defendant’s defense.


The judge sentenced the defendant to death. The Jomhuri Eslami report specifies that the sentence included confiscation of property for six of the accused. It is not clear whether or not Mr. Dadbud’s properties were confiscated.

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