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One Person’s Story

Mehdi Behnudian


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: November 10, 1979
Location of Killing: Central Prison (Adelabad), Shiraz, Fars Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Murder

About this Case


The execution of Mr. Mehdi Behnudian was reported by the Kayhan correspondent in Shiraz (November 11, 1979).

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.

Arrest and detention

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


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


Based on this report Mr. Behnudian was convicted for murder and armed robbery.

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. Behnudian’s defense.


The Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Shiraz sentenced Mr. Behnudian to death. The sentence was carried out at 11 p.m. in the shooting court of the Adel Abad prison in Shiraz.

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