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One Person’s Story

Gholam Reza Khungah


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Married


Date of Killing: February, 1986
Location of Killing: Torbat-e Heydarieh, Khorasan\Khorasan-e Razavi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Gholam Reza Khungah, along with three others, was reported in the Kayhan newspaper on February 25, 1986.

Arrest and detention

According to the newspaper, Mr. Khungah was arrested in Behshahr (Mazandaran province).


No information is available on the trial, other than Mr. Khungah was tried at the Penal Court of Shahrud (Semnan province).


According to this report, Mr. Khungah was charged with murder.

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 this report, Mr. Khungah “confessed to the murder of his wife and her brother during the interrogation.”

International human rights organizations have repeatedly condemned the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran for its systematic use of severe torture and solitary confinement to obtain confessions from detainees and have questioned the authenticity of confessions obtained under duress. In the case of political detainees, these confessions are, at times, televised. The National Television broadcasts confessions during which prisoners plead guilty to vague and false charges, repent and renounce their political beliefs, and/or implicate others. Human rights organizations have also pointed to the pattern of retracted confessions by those prisoners who are freed.


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


The Penal Court of Shahrud sentenced Mr. Khungah to death. The Supreme Court approved the sentence. He was hanged in public in Torbat-e Heydarieh (Khorasan province) by the victims’ next of kin (avengers of blood).

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