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One Person’s Story

Mahmud Rostamnejad


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim


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

About this Case

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Mahmud Rostamnejad, son of Rasul, along with four other individuals, was reported in the Kayhan newspaper on October 26, 1987.

Arrest and detention

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


There is no information regarding this trial.


According to the newspaper report, Mr. Rostamnejad was charged with: “being an armed member of a drug-smuggling gang and being highly active in supplying and distributing drugs, corrupting the Islamic society by supplying, importing and distributing at least 110 bags of opium and 20 kg of heroin over a period of time, importing weapons from Afghanistan, selling 4 kg of heroin, participation in importing 50 kg of heroin and starting to distribute it, participation in transporting and storing one Kalashnikov and two Colt pistols.”

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. Rostamnejad’s defense.


The Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Mashad declared Mr. Mahmud Rostamnejad a “corruptor on earth” and condemned 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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