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One Person’s Story

Hedayat Musavizadeh


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: January 7, 1980
Location of Killing: Ardebil, Ardebil Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Homosexual act; Adultery

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Hedayat Musavizadeh and Ms. Farideh Baba'i was reported in the Ettela’at daily (Jan 7, 1980).

Arrest and detention

No information is available on the circumstances of Mr. Musavizadeh’s arrest and detention.


The report did not provide any information regarding Mr. Musavizadeh’s trial.


According to the report, the defendant was charged with “acts of corruption such as sodomy, adultery, and taking advantage of girls.”

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 provides no information about Mr. Musavizadeh’s defense.


According to the report, the Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Ardebil sentenced Mr. Musavizadeh to death and he was immediately executed by firing squad in Ardebil on January 07, 1980.

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