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One Person’s Story

Nurkhoda Mahmudi


Age: 40
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: January 19, 2000
Location of Killing: Qasr Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Nurkhoda Mahmudi, along with three others, was published in the Iran newspaper on January 20, 2000. Mr. Mahmudi was 40 years old.

Arrest and detention

Mr. Mahmudi was arrested in 1997 following a complained filed by the family of a person named Mohammd Hosseinzadeh, whose body was found in a street in Tehran after being missing for several months. The circumstances of his arrest and detention are not known.


No information is available on Mr. Mahmudi’s trial.


The charge brought against Mr. Mahmudi was announced as “murder.” According to the report, the court charged him with the murder of a farmer from Kermanshah. No detailed information is available on his charges.

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 authorities have brought trumped-up charges, including drug trafficking, sexual, and other criminal offences, against their opponents (including political, civil society activists, as well as unionists and ethnic and religious minorities). 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 and executed based on trumped-up charges is unknown.

Evidence of guilt

The report of this execution did not provide any specific information on the evidence presented against Mr. Mahmudi. According to the report, with an invitation by Mr. Mahmudi the victim had travelled to Tehran to resolve “his problems.” However, no explanation is reported about these problems.  


No information is available on Mr. Mahmudi’s defense. He had denied any meeting with the victim in Tehran.


The court condemned Mr. Nurkhoda Mahmudi to death for murder. He was hanged, along with three others, in Qasr Prison on January 19, 2000 at dawn. No specific information is available about this execution.

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