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One Person’s Story

Zahra Pargard


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: November 15, 1979
Location of Killing: Ahvaz, Khuzestan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Corruption on earth; Prostitution and/or procuring

About this Case

The execution of Ms. Zahra Pargard was announced in a communiqué of the Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Ahvaz. The correspondent of the Jomhuri Eslami daily in Ahvaz reported the news (November 19, 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

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


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


Ms. Pargard was charged with "establishing a brothel", "luring and corrupting girls", and "drawing an income through this illegitimate activity."

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 defense.


The residing religious judge at the Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Ahvaz declared Ms. Pargard a "corruptor on earth" and sentenced her to 100 lashes, execution, and confiscation of part of her property. The sentence was carried out on Friday morning.

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