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One Person’s Story

Mohammad Khoshbin


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: February, 1997
Location of Killing: Khorasan\Khorasan-e Razavi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking; Murder; Participating in clashes with revolutionary guards and or Bassij brothers

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Mohammad Khoshbin, known as Garmdel, son of Alijan, along with four other individuals, was announced in the Kayhan newspaper on February 26, 1997.

Arrest and Detention

The circumstances of this defendant’s arrest and detention are not known.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial other than it took place at the Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Mashhad.


The charges against the defendant were announced as “buying and selling narcotics, importing 1,360 kilograms narcotics, clashing with the security forces, and killing two agents.”

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 Islamic Republic authorities have brought trumped-up charges against their political opponents and executed them for alleged 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. Scores of them were executed based on a 1989 law imposing mandatory death sentences on drug traffickers found in possession of specified amounts of proscribed narcotics (5 kg of hashish or opium, and more than 30 grams of heroin, codeine, methadone, or morphine). The exact number of people convicted based on such 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. his defense.


The court condemned Mr. Mohammad Khoshbin to death and, after the ruling was confirmed by the Supreme Court, he was hanged in public in Fariman (Khorasan province). The exact date of this execution is unknown.

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