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One Person’s Story

Khalil Panahi


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: September 20, 1983
Location of Killing: Qasr Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking; Drug possession; Drug related offense

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Khalil Panahi, along with sixteen others, was announced by the Anti-Narcotics Section of the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Tehran and reported in the Jomhuri Eslami daily on September 21, 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.


Mr. Panahi was reportedly charged with “being consistently involved in the production and distribution of heroin, establishment of an international drug trafficking gang with two other defendants, possessing 856 gm of heroin when arrested, confessing to buying 20, 40 and 50 kg of heroin from Turkey at 3 different times and having a criminal record.”

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. Panahi’s defense.


The Anti-Narcotics Section of the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Tehran sentenced Mr. Panahi to death. The sentence was carried out in Qasr Prison.

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