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One Person’s Story

Mohammad Reza Rahim Khani


Age: 22
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Single


Date of Killing: May 3, 1984
Location: Zahedan, Sistan Va Baluchestan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Fatal
Charges: Drug trafficking; Unspecified offense

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Mohammad Reza Rahim Khani, along with 4 others, was reported in the Jomhuri Eslami daily on May 5, 1984.

Further information about this case was sent to Omid via an electronic form by a person familiar with the case. Mr. Rahim Khani was born in Shush, a city in the Southwest of Iran and was a farmer.

Arrest and detention

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


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


According to this report, Mr. Rahim Khani, along with two others, was charged with “being consistently and actively involved in smuggling weapons (200 guns), supplying and distributing 60 kg of opium and having contacts with professional traffickers.”

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

Evidence of guilt

The report of this execution does not contain information regarding the evidence provided against the defendant.


No information is available on Mr. Rahim Khani’s defense.


The Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Zahedan sentenced Mr. Rahim Khani to death. Having been confirmed by the Islamic Revolution’s Supreme Court, the sentence was carried out.

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