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One Person’s Story


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim


Date of Killing: September 22, 1997
Location of Killing: Mashhad, Khorasan\Khorasan-e Razavi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Unknown charge

About this Case

News of the execution of six unknown persons was published in the Kayhan newspaper and on the website of the Hamshahri newspaper on September 23, 1997.

Arrest and Detention

The circumstances of these defendants’ arrests and detention are not known.


No information is available on the defendants' trial.


The charges against these six people were announced as "bothering and harming people and violations." There are no further explanations in the media reports.

The validity of the criminal charges brought against these defendants 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. Each year Iranian authorities sentence to death hundreds of alleged common criminals, 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

The report of this execution does not contain information regarding the evidence provided against the defendants.


No information is available on the defense.


According to the Kayhan newspaper reporter, based on the ruling of the Islamic Revolutionary Public Prosecutor, these defendants were recognized as "corruptors on Earth" and were hanged in public in a square in Mashhad on September 22, 1997.

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