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One Person’s Story

Mehdi Mohseni


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: June 18, 1980
Location of Killing: Hamedan, Hamedan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Unspecified execution method
Charges: Sexual Offense; Drug related offense; Sedition and/ or threat to public security

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Mehdi Mohseni was announced by Hamedan’s Islamic Revolutionary Public Prosecutor in a telephone interview with Pars News Agency. The Jomhuri Eslami daily published the announcement (June 19, 1980)

Arrest and detention

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


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


Based on the report, Mr. Mohseni was charged with the following: “causing chaos, uprising, and torching in the prison and inciting other prisoners,” “attempting to take the prison’s medical assistant hostage,” “smuggling heroin into the prison,” “attempting to commit acts incompatible with chastity,” “carrying guns illegally,” and “mischief.”

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. Each year, Iranian authorities sentence to death hundreds of alleged common criminals, 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. Mohseni’s defense.


The Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Hamedan found Mr. Mohseni guilty of “corruption on earth” and sentenced him to death. He was executed at one a.m.

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