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One Person’s Story

Mohammad Ranjkesh


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: February 14, 1982
Location of Killing: Bandar Abbas, Hormozgan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Fatal
Charges: Adultery

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Mohammad Ranjkesh, along with four others, was reported in the Jomhuri Eslami daily on February 21, 1982.

Arrest and detention

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


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


Mr. Ranjkesh’s charge was reported to be “committing adultery four times during the holy month of Ramazan.”

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, hundreds of alleged common criminals are convicted 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. Ranjkesh's defense.


The Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Esfahan sentenced Mr. Ranjkesh to death. The sentence was carried out.

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