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One Person’s Story

Khavar Gudarzi


Age: 48
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: 1985
Location of Killing: Mashhad, Khorasan\Khorasan-e Razavi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Fatal
Charges: Drug trafficking; Drug possession

About this Case

The executions of Mr. Khavar Gudarzi and another individual were reported in the Kayhan Daily on April 29, 1985.

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. Gudarzi was charged with “fighting against the Muslim Ummah through being actively involved in a drug gang in Mashad and its suburb as well as Tehran, possessing and distributing 2.5 kg of heroin and collaboration in supplying 5.5 kg of heroin and opium.”

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. Gudarzi’s defense.


The Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Mashad sentenced Mr. Gudarzi to death. After the Islamic Revolution's Supreme Court confirmed the sentence, it was carried out. .

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