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One Person’s Story

Mohammad Taroq Ghaffari


Nationality: Afghanistan
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: January 28, 1985
Location of Killing: Qasr Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking; Drug possession

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Mohammad Taroq Ghaffari, son of Abdolghaffar, along with 24 others, was reported in the Kayhan daily on January 28, 1985.

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 Mr. Ghaffari was tried at one of the tribunals of the Islamic Revolutionary Prosecution Office to combat Drugs in Tehran.


According to this report, Mr. Ghaffari and another defendant were collectively charged with “being greatly and continuously active in supplying and distributing heroin, dealing 4.5 kg of heroin at three different times...”

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. 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

According to the report, Mr. Ghaffari or his codefendant had four convictions for supplying and distributing narcotics and was in possession of 47 g of heroin when was arrested.


No information is available on Mr. Ghaffari’s defense.


One of the tribunals of the Islamic Revolutionary Prosecution Office to combat Drugs in Tehran sentenced Mr. Ghaffari to death and the Supreme Court approved the verdict. Mr. Mohammad Taroq Ghaffari and 24 other individuals were hanged at Qasr prison in Tehran on January 28, 1985.

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