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One Person’s Story

Qasem Shahryari


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: January 12, 1980
Location of Killing: Ahvaz, Khuzestan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Unspecified execution method
Charges: Homosexual act; Corruption on earth

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Qasem Shahryari was reported by the correspondent of Pars News Agency in Ahvaz. 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.


The report quoted the official spokesman of the Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Khuzestan as follows: “The defendant was the head of a group that spread corruption among young people and, in addition to having illegitimate relationships and constant homosexuality, bought, sold, and exchanged young boys for their filthy purposes.”

Evidence of guilt

The report did not contain any information regarding the evidence provided against the defendant.


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


The Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Khuzestan found Mr. Shahryari guilty of “corruption on earth” and subsequently executed.

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