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One Person’s Story

Mohammad Hossein Montazeri


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: July 12, 1984
Location of Killing: Kerman, Kerman Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Fatal
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

The execution of Mr .Mohammad Hossein Montazeri, along with 26 others, was reported in the Jomhuri Eslami daily on July 14, 1984.

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 report, Mr. Montazeri was charged with “establishing a drug-trafficking gang, participation in buying and transporting 365 kg of opium to Tehran and distributing it.”

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. Montazeri’s defense.


The Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Kerman declared Mr. Montazeri a corruptor on earth and sentenced him to death. Having been confirmed by the Islamic Supreme Court, the sentence was carried out in prison at dawn.

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