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One Person’s Story

M. R.


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: December, 2004
Location of Killing: Mashhad, Khorasan\Khorasan-e Razavi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Sedition and/ or threat to public security; Homosexual rape

About this Case

The execution of this young man, with the initials M. R., was announced in the website of the Kayhan newspaper on January 1, 2005.

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 he was tried at Branch 63 of the Public Court of Mashhad.


He was charged with “repeated counts of sedition and rape.”

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 states that he had a criminal record including “repeated counts of sedition, homosexual rape, brawling, hooliganism, and other [crimes].”


No information is available on his defense.


Branch 63 of the Public Court of Mashhad condemned him to death and the verdict was approved by the Supreme Court. He was hanged in public in the Dustabad neighborhood.

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