Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

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One Person’s Story

Parviz Torkaman


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: September 26, 1987
Location of Killing: Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Addiction; Drug trafficking

About this Case

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Parviz Torkaman, son of Isa, along with fifteen others, was reported in the Kayhan newspaper on September 26, 1987.

Arrest and detention

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


There is no information regarding this trial.


According to the newspaper, Mr. Torkaman and another person were collectively charged with “being highly active in heroin dealing, being a heroin addict, buying 3 kg of heroin from Zahedan over a period of time, cooperating together in transporting and selling heroin in Tehran, having contacts with the international smugglers on the border.”

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. Torkaman’s defense.


The Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal to Combat Drugs declared Mr. Torkaman a “corruptor on earth” and sentenced him to death. He and two other men were publicly hanged at dawn on September 26, 1987, on Khaki Street in Tehran.

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