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One Person’s Story

Akbar Sheikh Taqi Abadi


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim


Date of Killing: January 5, 1980
Location of Killing: Kerman, Kerman Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Prostitution and/or procuring; Adultery; Drug trafficking

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Akbar Sheikh Taqi Abadi and another individual was reported in the Ettela’at daily (January 6, 1980).

Arrest and detention

No information is available on the circumstances of Mr. Sheikh Taqi Abadi’s arrest and detention.


The report did not provide any information regarding Mr. Sheikh Taqi Abadi’s trial.


Mr. Sheikh Taqi Abadi’s charges, as reported by Ettelaat, were as follows: “distributing heroin, hiding 100 grams of heroin, forcing women to prostitution through physical and mental threats and tortures, having illegitimate relationships with women, and adultery.”

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

There is no information about the evidence presented against the defendant.


The report does not mention the accused’s defense.


The Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Kerman declared Mr. Sheikh Taqi Abadi a “corruptor on earth”. He was executed in the morning after his trial.

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