Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

for Human Rights in Iran

Omid, a memorial in defense of human rights in Iran
One Person’s Story

Hossein Talkhabi


Age: 26
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Unknown
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: November 10, 2001
Location of Killing: Qom, Markazi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Sexual Offense; Drug related offense

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Hossein Talkhabi, and another individual by the name of Abolfazl Dehqan, was reported in two November 2001 Amnesty International Urgent Actions. Additional information has been drawn from the Iran newspaper (September 16, 2001).

According to the Iran newspaper, Mr. Talkhabi, also known as Hossein Rish, was the head of a 40-member crime ring, the members of which were accused of sex and drug related crimes.

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of Mr. Talkhabi’s arrest and detention are not known, other than the members of the abovementioned crime ring were arrested in July/August of 2001.


There is no information regarding this trial, other than Mr. Talkhabi was tried at Branch Seven of General Court of Qom (AI).


The specific charges brought against Mr. Talkhabi are not known. The members of the crime ring were collectively charged with “deluding young women, transporting narcotic drugs, rape, kidnapping, moral corruption, robbery, and battery” (Iran).

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.

Evidence of guilt

No information is available concerning the evidence presented against the accused.


No information is available concerning Mr. Talkhabi’s defense.


Mr. Hossein Talkhabi was condemned to death; the Supreme Court approved this sentence. On November 10, 2001, he and a co-defendant was flogged 150 lashes and then hanged in public at Resalat Square in Qom.

Correct/ Complete This Entry