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One Person’s Story

Shahnazar Rigi


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: July 18, 1984
Location of Killing: Zahedan, Sistan Va Baluchestan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Fatal
Charges: Drug related offense

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Shahnazar Rigi, along with thirteen others, was reported in the Jomhuri Eslami daily on July 8, 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. Rigi was charged with “being actively involved in supplying and distributing narcotics as well as distributing 2 kg of heroin.”

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. Rigi’s defense.


The Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Zahedan declared Mr. Rigi a corruptor on earth and sentenced him to death. Having been confirmed by the Supreme Judicial Council, the sentence was carried out at night.

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