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One Person’s Story

Reza Eskandari


Age: 29
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. Reza Eskandari, son of Karim, born in Zurabad (Khorasan province) and resident of Mashad, along with four other individuals, was reported in the Kayhan daily on November 15, 1987.

Arrest and detention

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


There is no information regarding this trial.


Mr. Eskandari was charged with “being highly active in supplying and distributing drugs while armed, being a member of a major drug-trafficking gang, participation in importing several sacks of opium and selling 4 kg of heroin, as well as continuous collaboration with international 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. Eskandari’s defense.


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

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