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One Person’s Story

Khodarahm Shahbakhsh


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: October 4, 1987
Location of Killing: Zahedan, Sistan Va Baluchestan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking; Drug possession

About this Case

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Khodarahm Shahbakhsh was reported in the Kayhan daily on October 4, 1987.

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of Mr. Shahbakhsh’s arrest and detention are unknown.


There is no information regarding this trial.


According to this report, Mr. Shahbakhsh was charged with “importing and transporting drugs on a large, as well as having participated in clashes with the revolutionary guards and forces of the Revolutionary Committee.”

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 sentenced Mr. Shahbakhsh to death. The sentence was carried out in public in the morning.

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