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One Person’s Story

Amir Hushang Zand Khanehshahri


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: February 14, 1984
Location of Killing: Qasr Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking; Drug related offense

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Amir Hushang Zand Khanehshahri, along with 18 others, was reported in the Jomhuri Eslami daily on February 15, 1984.

Arrest and detention

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


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


According to this report, Mr. Zand Khanehshahri was charged with “transporting 7.845 kg of opium and 9 gm of heroin when arrested, selling packages containing 5 gm of heroin for 2.5 months, buying 4.5 kg of opium, concealing it in a car and transporting it to Tehran as well as being convicted of supplying and distributing narcotics several times.”

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. Thousands of alleged drug traffickers have been sentenced to death 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. Zand Khanehshahri’s defense.


Tehran’s Islamic Revolutionary Anti-Drug Tribunal sentenced Mr. Zand Khanehshahri to death. The sentence was carried out in Qasr prison at dawn.

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