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One Person’s Story

Ayub Meisami


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: June, 1981
Location of Killing: Bonab, Azarbaijan-e Sharqi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Unspecified execution method
Charges: Homosexual act

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Ayub Meisami, son of Hossein, was announced in the Kayhan newspaper on June 24, 1981 and in the Jomhuri Eslami newspaper on June 25.

Arrest and detention

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


No information is available on the trial session(s) other than he was tried at the Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Tabriz.


The charge brought against Mr. Meisami was the act of “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

The report of this execution refers to Mr. Meisami’s repeated confessions.

International human rights organizations have repeatedly condemned the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran for its systematic use of severe torture and solitary confinement to obtain confessions from detainees and have questioned the authenticity of confessions obtained under duress. In the case of political detainees, these confessions are, at times, televised. The National Television broadcasts confessions during which prisoners plead guilty to vague and false charges, repent and renounce their political beliefs, and/or implicate others. Human rights organizations have also pointed to the pattern of retracted confessions by those prisoners who are freed.


No information is available on his defense.


In accordance with the verdict of the Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Tabriz, Mr. Ayub Meisami was executed in Bonab (in East Azarbaijan province).

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