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One Person’s Story

Mansur Zekavat


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: July 25, 1980
Location of Killing: Ahvaz, Khuzestan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Drug related offense

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Mansur Zekavat was reported by the correspondent of Pars News Agency in Ahvaz. The report was published in the Jomhuri Eslami daily (July 26, 1980)

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of this defendant’s arrest and detention are unknown.


No specific information about the circumstances of the trial is available.


The report quoted the news headquarters of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards, which announced the defendant’s charges as “being a first-rate seller of drugs” and “distributing heroin among the youth.”

The validity of the criminal charges brought against these 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. 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 specifies that Mr. Zekavat had confessed to having distributed heroin among the youth but provides no further information about the evidence presented against him.


No information is available on the defendant’s defense.


The Islamic Revolutionary Public Prosecutor of Dezful sentenced Mr. Zekavat to death. He stood before the firing squad at dawn.

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