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One Person’s Story

Heidar Ali Ghayur


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: July 4, 1980
Location of Killing: Najaf Abad, Esfahan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Unspecified execution method
Charges: Homosexual act

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Heidar Ali Ghayur and two others was announced to Pars News Agency by the public relations office of the Revolutionary Guards (Pasdaran) headquarters of Isfahan. The Jomhuri Eslami and Enqelab Eslami dailies published the announcement (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. 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.


Based on the reports, the verdict was issued by the Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Najaf Abad. However, the circumstances of the trial remain unknown.


Mr. Ghayur was charged with “several records in sodomy.”

Evidence of guilt

The reports did not provide any information regarding the evidence presented against the defendant.


No information is available on the defendant’s defense.


Mr. Ghayur and two other defendants were sentenced to death for “corruption on earth” and “waging war against God and his prophet.” According to the Revolutionary Guards headquarters, following the executions, the whole town of Najaf Abad was closed down and different groups of people expressed their support for the Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Najaf Abad and the Revolutionary Guards by demonstrating and issuing a declaration.

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