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One Person’s Story

Mohammad Reza Irvani


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: July 28, 1980
Location of Killing: Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Religious offense; Drug related offense

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Mohammad Reza Irvani was reported by the head of the Task Force for Combating Drugs and Narcotics in a conversation with the correspondent of Pars News Agency. The Jomhuri Eslami daily published the news (July 29, 1980).

Arrest and detention

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


Based on the report, Mr. Irvani’s case was examined at the Special Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal for Combating Drugs and Narcotics. The tribunal held session at the night of the execution.


The head of the Task Force specified Mr. Irvani’s charges as follows: “establishing a modern brothel,12 kilometers outside Tehran on the Chalus road”, “establishing an opium den complete with heroin consumption devices, alcoholic drinks, gambling, and shameful corruption.”

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


No information is available on the defendant’s defense.


Mr. Irvani was sentenced to death. The sentence was carried out immediately after the issuance of the verdict, a couple of hours past midnight.

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