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One Person’s Story

Mohammad Khaliqi


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: May 21, 1985
Location: Kerman, Kerman Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Unspecified offense; Robbery; Armed robbery

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Mohammad Khaliqi, son of Ahmad, along with 10 others, was reported in the Kayhan newspaper on May 21, 1985.

Arrest and detention

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


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


According to the report, Mr. Khaliqi was charged with “direct participation in an armed robbery, stealing 7 million tomans cash from the National Bank, shooting at officers, 4 house robberies, as well as two attempted house robberies.”

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 the report, Mr. Khaliqi had a “criminal record.”


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


The Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Kerman sentenced Mr. Khaliqi to death. The Islamic Revolutionary Supreme Court approved the sentence. The newspaper report states that “the defendant was also sentenced to hand amputation. However, the plaintiffs declared that since he was to be executed, they would forgo hand amputation.” Mr. Khaliqi and ten other men were hanged on May 21, 1985 at prison of the Police Department of Kerman.

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