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One Person’s Story

Dad Mohammad Mashhadollah Zehi


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: June 25, 1980
Location of Killing: Zahedan, Sistan Va Baluchestan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Robbery; Murder; Sedition and/ or threat to public security

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Dad Mohammad Mashhadollah Zehi was reported in a communiqué of the Islamic Revolutionary Public Prosecution Office of Sistan and Baluchestan published in the Jomhuri Eslami daily (June 29, 1980)

Arrest and detention

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


No information is available on the circumstances of Mr. Mashhadollah Zehi’s trial.


Mr. Mashhadollah Zehi was charged with the following: “participation in all the murders”, “direct and indirect armed robberies”, “armed clash with gendarmerie officials”, “robbing the Saderat bank in Zabol”, “stealing two cars from Baft e Baluch and Iranshahr’s telephone company”, “attacking the patrol squad of Iranshahr’s gendarmerie regiment, resulting in many murders, including the murder of Javanmard Shatraki”, “taking a few people hostage in Iranshahr”, “creating terror in people and insecurity on roads”, “making the Islamic Republic appear weak”, and “attempting to create dissatisfaction among people.”

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 communiqué does not contain any information regarding the evidence presented against the defendant.


No information is available on the accused’s defense.


Based on the communiqué, the Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Sistan and Baluchestan sentenced Mr. Mashhadollah Zehi to death. The verdict was immediately carried out at 9 p.m. in Zahedan.

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