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One Person’s Story

Jalalodin Shahbakhsh


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: November 25, 1986
Location of Killing: Zahedan, Sistan Va Baluchestan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Drug trafficking; Drug related offense

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Jalalodin Shahbakhsh, along with four others, was reported in the Kayhan Daily on November 26, 1986.

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of Mr. Shahbakhsh’s arrest and detention are not known.


There is no information regarding this trial.


According to this report, Mr. Shahbakhsh was charged with “participation in transporting drugs while armed as well as participation in clashes with the members of the Islamic Revolutionary Committee which led to the martyrdom of nineteen of them.”

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

No information is available concerning the evidence presented against the accused.


No information is available concerning Mr. Shahbakhsh’s defense.


The Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Zahedan declared Mr. Shahbakhsh a “corruptor on earth” and sentenced him to death. Having been confirmed by the Supreme Judicial Council, the sentence was carried out in the Anti-Narcotics Section of the Public Prosecutor’s Office in the afternoon.

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