Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

for Human Rights in Iran

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One Person’s Story

(Mahin) Zand


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim


Date of Killing: September 12, 1981
Location of Killing: Qom, Markazi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Unspecified execution method
Charges: Adultery

About this Case

The execution of Ms. Zand, known as Mahin, was announced by the Pars news agency and published in the Kayhan newspaper on September 16, 1981.

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 she was tried at the Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Qom.


Ms. Zand was charged with “adultery”.

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. The exact number of people convicted based on 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 her defense.


In accordance with the Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Qom, Ms. Zand was executed in Qom on September 12 or 13, 1981.

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