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One Person’s Story

Qodratollah Mandak


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: October 26, 1987
Location of Killing: Mashhad, Khorasan\Khorasan-e Razavi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Fatal
Charges: Drug trafficking; Drug possession

About this Case

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Qodratollah Mandak, son of Malek, along with four other individuals, was reported in the Kayhan newspaper on October 26, 1987.

Arrest and detention

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


There is no information regarding this trial.


According to the newspaper report, Mr. Mandak was charged with: “being a very active drug smuggler on an international level. Upon being released from prison in 1975, he resumed his smuggling activities by purchasing 100 bags of opium, and 200 bags in 1975, and yet another 200 bags in 1985. He continued to smuggle drugs after the victory of the glorious Islamic Revolution, buying 250 bags of opium, and possessing 144 bags of opium concealed in a tanker at the time of arrest.”

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. Mandak’s defense.


The Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Mashad declared Mr. Qodrattolah Mandak a “corruptor on earth” and sentenced him to death. The Supreme Judicial Council approved the sentence. He was executed in public at the railway station in Mashad at dawn on October 26, 1987.

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