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One Person’s Story

Farideh Baba'i


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Unknown
Civil Status: Unknown


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

About this Case

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

Arrest and detention

No information is available on the circumstances of Ms. Baba'i’s arrest and detention.


The report did not provide any information regarding Ms. Baba'i’s trial.


According to the report, the defendant was charged with “adultery and committing acts incompatible with chastity.”

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 Ms. Baba'i’s defense.


The Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Ardebil sentenced Ms. Farideh Baba'i to death, she was executed by firing squad in Ardebil on January 07, 1980.

According to the report, however, after hours of being in the morgue it became apparent that she was still alive. Based on the court order, she was executed again by a revolutionary guard (Pasdar) who shot her in the morgue.

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