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One Person’s Story

Mehdi Moshgelgosha


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: October 24, 1987
Location of Killing: Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking; Corruption on earth

About this Case

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Mehdi Moshgelgosha, along with two others, was announced by the public relations of the Anti-Narcotic Section of the Public Prosecutor’s Office and reported in the Kayhan daily on October 25, 1987.

Arrest and detention

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


There is no information regarding this trial.


According to this report, Mr. Moshgelgosha was charged with “being continuously active in heroin dealing, collaborating with the international drug smugglers on the border, and selling a considerable amount of heroin, including 81 kg once.”

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. Moshgelgosha's defense.


Mr. Moshgelgosha was declared a corruptor on earth and was sentenced to death. The sentence was carried out in public in the afternoon. No information is available about the court which issued the death sentence in this communiqué.

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