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One Person’s Story

Ebadollah Ebadi


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: May 4, 1981
Location of Killing: Tabriz Prison, Tabriz, Azarbaijan-e Sharqi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Homosexual act

About this Case

Mr. Ebadi had a flashy nickname and had received attention from Tabriz law enforcement.

The execution of Mr. Ebadollah Ebadi, son of Asadollah, and known as Mr. Buick, along with Mr. Safar Ali Eskandari, was announced in the Kayhan newspaper on May 5, 1981 and the Enqelab Eslami newspaper on May 6.

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 he was tried at the Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Tabriz.


The charge brought against Mr. Ebadi was “sodomy.”

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. The exact number of people convicted based on trumped-up charges is unknown.

Evidence of guilt

According to the newspaper reports, the evidence against him consisted of “his own confessions, and the testimony of the witnesses, and a physician.”


No information is available on his defense.


According to Enqelab Eslami, the two individuals “who had been imprisoned due to one count of manslaughter, were charged with the act of sodomy… and condemned to death.” This incident is also reported by Kayhan. Mr. Ebadollah Ebadi, along his co-defendant, was executed by a firing squad on May 5, 1981 in Tabriz.

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