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One Person’s Story

Lal Mohammad Rahmatzehi


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: August 20, 1984
Location of Killing: Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking; Drug possession

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Lal Mohammad Rahmatzehi, along with twenty-five others, was reported in the Jomhuri Eslami daily on August 21, 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. Rahmatzehi was charged with “possessing 19.190 kg of heroin when arrested, selling 3 kg of heroin once, selling 10 kg of heroin once and being actively involved in supplying and distributing 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. Rahmatzehi’s defense.


The Anti-Narcotics Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal sentenced Mr. Rahmatzehi to death. The sentence was carried out at dawn.

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