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One Person’s Story

Morad Cheleh


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: October 31, 1987
Location of Killing: Mihan Square, Gonbad-e Kavus, Mazandaran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Imam Morad Cheleh, along with another defendant, was reported in the Kayhan daily on October 31, 1987.

Arrest and detention

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


There is no information regarding this trial.


According to this report, Mr. Cheleh was charged with “large-scale drug dealing and distribution.”

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. Cheleh's defense.


The Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Gonbad-e Kavus sentenced Mr. Cheleh to death. Having been confirmed by the Supreme Judicial Council, the sentence was carried out in the presence of the Friday Imam, the Governor, the Public Prosecutor, military commanders, other authorities and people at dawn.

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