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One Person’s Story

Mohsen Rastini


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: January 12, 1980
Location of Killing: Esfahan, Esfahan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Unspecified execution method
Charges: Robbery

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Mohsen Rastini and two others was reported by the Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Isfahan. The report was published in the Ettela’at daily (January 12, 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.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


Mr. Mohsen Rastini was charged with involvement in the armed robbery of the Enqelab Square branch of Bank-e Iranian in Isfahan. The announcement of the Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Isfahan reads as follows: “While two bank employees were about to transfer half a million Tomans and some checks and documents to the Sugar Factory branch of Bank-e Iranian, they were subjected to an armed attack planned by Mohammad Mehdi Rastini, directed by Mohsen Rastini, and with the direct collaboration of the rest of the defendants. The armed group succeeded in their robbery and the bank employees were injured."

Evidence of guilt

The Revolutionary Tribunal does not mention the evidence presented against the defendant. It notes, however, that the verdict was based on “the contents of the [defendants] file and their own clear confessions as well as other available proofs”.


No information is available on Mr. Rastini’s defense.


The Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Isfahan sentenced Mr. Rastini to death and the verdict was immediately carried out.

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