Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

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One Person’s Story

Mohammadreza Rajabi


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: December 21, 1979
Location of Killing: Mashhad, Khorasan\Khorasan-e Razavi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Collaborating with the political police SAVAK; Adultery; Murder of persons and/or killing Muslims or/and freedom fighters

About this Case

The information regarding Mr. Mohamadreza Rajabi’s execution along with 6 others was drawn from Kayhan Daily on 22 December 1979. According to Kayhan, Mr. Rajabi was a member of Organization of Intelligence and National Security (SAVAK), the intelligence organization under the Shah’s regime.

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of Mr. Rajabi’s arrest and detention are not known.


The Revolutionary Tribunal of Mashhad tried Mr. Rajabi.


Kayhan Daily reported Mr. Rajabi’s charges as “murder and adultery”.

Evidence of guilt

No information is available concerning the evidence presented against the defendant.


No information is available pertaining to Mr. Rajabi’s defense and it is not clear if he had the opportunity to defend himself effectively, for example whether he had access to a lawyer or the possibility to summon witnesses in his favor, etc. The validity of the criminal charges brought against this defendant cannot be ascertained in the absence of the basic guarantees of a fair trial.


The Revolutionary Tribunal of Mashhad sentenced Mr. Rajabi to death. This verdict was carried out at dawn on 21 December 1979.

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