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One Person’s Story

Mohammad Rajabi Aram


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: July 3, 1980
Location of Killing: Hamedan, Hamedan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Drug trafficking; Corruption on earth

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Mohammad Rajabi Aram, a butcher, and two others was announced by the assistant of the public prosecutor of Hamedan. This announcement was published in the Jomhuri Eslami, Enqelab Eslami, and Kayhan dailies (July 5, 1980).

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.

Arrest and detention

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


No information is available on Mr. Rajabi’s trial.


Mr. Rajabi was charged with “buying and selling heroin and having constant criminal records in distributing heroin.”

Evidence of guilt

According to the reports, two kilograms of heroin were discovered in the defendant’s house.


No information is available on the defendant’s defense.


The assistant of the public prosecutor announced that Mr. Rajabi declared a “corruptor on earth” and that he was executed at dawn on a Wednesday.

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