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One Person’s Story

Mohammad Eftekharian


Age: 33
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: April 23, 1986
Location of Killing: Karaj, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Stoning
Charges: Sexual Offense

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Mohammad Eftekharian, along with another defendant, was reported in the Kayhan newspaper on May 21, 1986. The report states: “The Public Prosecutor of Karaj warned all corruptors and criminals, who promote evil deeds and prostitution and intend to corrupt the Islamic community. He asked people to inform the judiciary and law enforcement officials about such matters so that Islamic principles would be implemented.”

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of this defendant’s arrest and detention are not known.


Mr. Eftekharian was tried at the Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Karaj. No other information is available on the trial.


According to this report, Mr. Eftekharian was charged with “promoting evil deeds and establishing corruption and prostitution centers.”

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

The report of this execution does not contain information regarding the evidence provided against the defendant.


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


The Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Karaj sentenced Mr. Eftekharian to death by stoning. The Supreme Judicial Council confirmed the sentence. He and another man were stoned to death in public on April 23, 1986.

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