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One Person’s Story

Hossein Karbalayi Mohammad


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: March 1, 1979
Location of Killing: Qazvin, Zanjan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Murder

About this Case

Sergeant Hossein Karbalai Mohammad is one of 438 victims listed in a March 13, 1980 Amnesty International report. The report lists defendants who were convicted by Revolutionary Tribunals in the period from their inception until 12 August 1979. The list of victims and charges is drawn from sources including translations of indictments, reports of trials carried out by local and foreign media and the bulletins of the official Pars News Agency reports.

The execution of Sergeant Karbalai Mohammad was also reported by the correspondent of the Ayandegan daily in Qazvin (March 1, 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

No information about the defendant’s arrest and detention was provided.


The report mentioned that the defendant’s case was examined at the Revolutionary Tribunal of Qazvin and in the presence of Judiciary judges. The circumstances of the trial remain unknown.


Based on the report, the defendant was charged with “intentionally running over 4 children in the line for oil with an army automobile.”

Evidence of guilt

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


No information is available on the defendant’s defense.


Based on the report, the defendant was sentenced to death and executed at 4 a.m.

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