Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

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One Person’s Story

Mohammad Khan Khosravi


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: March 1, 1989
Location of Killing: Kermanshah, Kermanshah Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking; Possession of arms

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Mohammad Khan Khosravi, son of Mahmud, along with 49 other individuals who were executed in 15 different cities on one day for drug trafficking, was announced in the communiqué of the Center for Combating Narcotics and published in the Jomhuri Eslami newspaper on March 2, 1989.

Arrest and Detention

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


No information is available on the defendant’s trial other than it took place in the Revolutionary Court of Bakhtaran.


The charges against Mr. Khosravi were announced as “active participation in the supply and distribution of narcotics: several times he purchased 5,000 kilograms of opium from Zahedan, transported and sold it in Bakhtaran; participation in smuggling weapon and ammunition including possessing and selling 16 combat weapons.”

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 Islamic Republic authorities have brought trumped-up charges against their political opponents and executed them for alleged 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. Scores of them were executed based on a 1989 law, imposing mandatory death sentences on drug traffickers found in possession of specified amounts of proscribed narcotics (5 kg of hashish or opium, and more than 30 grams of heroin, codeine, methadone, or morphine). The exact number of people convicted based on trumped-up charges is unknown.

Evidence of Guilt

The newspaper called Mr. Khosravi a “professional drug dealer” and reported that he had “several criminal convictions for dealing narcotics and escaping from prison.”


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


The court condemned Mr. Mohammad Khan Khosravi to death and he was hanged in Bakhtaran on March 1, 1989.

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