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One Person’s Story

Sadeq Rashidi


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: June 10, 1980
Location of Killing: Qom, Markazi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Unspecified execution method
Charges: Murder; Robbery

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Sadeq Rashidi was announced in a communiqué of the Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Qom published in the Jomhuri Eslami daily (June 10, 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 defendant’s arrest and detention are not known.


Based on the communiqué, the defendant was tried along with three others accused of participation in an armed robbery from a house in Bagh e Yek of Khlajestan. Mr. Rashidi was the only one of the defendants to receive a death sentence.


The communiqué mentioned Mr. Rashidi’s charges as “participation in an unsuccessful armed robbery” and “intentionally shooting at the owner of the house, Ali Refahi, resulting in his death.”

Evidence of guilt

The communiqué did not refer to any specific evidence presented against the defendant.


No information is available on Mr. Rashidi’s defense.


Mr. Rashidi, sentenced to death, was executed at dawn.

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