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One Person’s Story

Narges Niknejad


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: June 29, 1980
Location of Killing: Mashhad, Khorasan\Khorasan-e Razavi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Unspecified execution method
Charges: Prostitution and/or procuring; Drug trafficking

About this Case

The execution of Ms. Narges Niknejad and 12 other individuals was reported in the Jomhuri Eslami daily (June 29, 1980)

Arrest and detention

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


According to the report, the head of the Special Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal for Combating Drugs and Narcotics traveled to Khorasan to examine the cases presented to the Islamic Revolutionary Tribunals of this state. The court session lasted 16 uninterrupted hours.


Based on the report, Ms. Niknejad was charged with the following: “establishing an opium den and a brothel”, “using heroin”, “keeping and concealing drugs in her body”, and “shattering many families by selling drugs to them.”

The validity of the criminal charges brought against defendants 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. The exact number of people convicted based on trumped-up charges is unknown.

Evidence of guilt

The report of this execution contains no information regarding the evidence presented against the defendant.


No information is available on the accused’s defense.


Ms. Niknejad was sentenced to death and confiscation of all her belongings.

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