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One Person’s Story

Ali Asghar Yusefi


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: January 11, 1980
Location of Killing: Neyshabur, Khorasan\Khorasan-e Razavi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Robbery; Murder; Corruption on earth

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Ali Asghar Yusefi and another individual was reported by the correspondent the Ettela’at daily in Neyshabur (Jan 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.


The report provided no specific information about Mr. Yusefi’s trial.


Based on the report, the defendant was charged with “setting up a gang to carry out armed robberies as well as killing and intimidating people.”

Evidence of guilt

This report does not contain information regarding the evidence provided against the defendant.


No information is available on the accused’s defense.


The Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Neyshabur declared Mr. Yusefi a “corruptor on earth,” and he was executed at dawn.

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