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One Person’s Story

Rahmodin Nurzehi


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: November 1, 1983
Location of Killing: Sistan Va Baluchestan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Fatal
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Rahmodin Nurzehi, along with nine others, was announced in a communiqué from the Islamic Revolution’s Public Prosecutor’s Office in Sistan and Baluchestan. This communiqué was reported in the Jomhuri Eslami Daily on November 3, 1983.

Arrest and detention

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


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


According to this communiqué, Mr. Rahmodin Nurzehi was charged with “participation in the purchase of 5 kg of heroin from Afghanistan and transporting it to Iran as well as being active in the purchase and distribution of narcotics.”

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. Thousands of alleged drug traffickers have been sentenced to death 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. Nurzehi's defense.


The Islamic Revolution’s Public Prosecutor’s Office in Sistan and Baluchestan sentenced Mr. Nurzehi to death. Having been confirmed by the Supreme Court, the sentence was carried out.

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