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One Person’s Story

Mohammad Haratinejad


Age: 72
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim


Date of Killing: November 15, 1987
Location of Killing: Mashhad, Khorasan\Khorasan-e Razavi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Unspecified execution method
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Mohammad Haratinejad, son of Mohammad Ali, born in and resident of Mashad, along with four others, was reported in the Kayhan daily on November 15, 1987.

Arrest and detention

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


There is no information regarding this trial.


According to this report, Mr. Haratinejad was charged with “buying 8 sacks of opium as well as 12 kg of heroin and selling and distributing them among other professional drug traffickers.”

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. Haratinejad’s defense.


The Islamic Revolution’s Public Prosecutor’s Office of Mashad declared Mr. Mohammad Haratinejad a corruptor on earth and sentenced him to death. The Supreme Court and the Supreme Judicial Council approved the sentence. Mr. Haratinejad was executed in public at 6 a.m. on November 15, 1987.

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