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One Person’s Story

Khosro Validokht


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: March 20, 1989
Location of Killing: Sari, Mazandaran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Khosro Validokht was published in the Jomhuri Eslami newspaper on March 26, 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. It took place in the Punitive Court of Sari. According to the newspaper report, investigation of this case took several months.


The charge against Mr. Khosro Validokht was announced as “murder.” According to the report, the defendant entered the victims’ house at night and a fight broke out. He first murdered the father of the family by a knife. Then he murdered two children who awakened and recognized him. Only the mother of the family survived.”

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. 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

The report of this execution does not contain information regarding the evidence provided against the defendant.


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


The court condemned Mr. Khosro Validokht to death and 75 lashes. The ruling was confirmed by the Supreme Court. He was hanged in public in Khazar Square of Sari after receiving 75 lashes on March 20, 1989. According to the newspaper report, “His body was left hanging from the gallows for several hours in order to deter others.”

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