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One Person’s Story

Morteza Latifian


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: January 28, 1980
Location of Killing: Esfahan, Esfahan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Economic offenses

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Morteza Latifian was reported in the Ettela’at daily (January 29, 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.


There is no specific information available on the circumstances of Mr. Latifian’s trial.


While referring to Mr. Latifian as “a well-known capitalist and usurer,” the report did not specify the exact charges for which the accused was convicted at the Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal.

Evidence of guilt

Based on the report, the verdict was issued “considering the public prosecutor’s indictment at the Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal”. However, the contents of the indictment regarding the accused’s evidence of guilt are not clear.


No information is available on the accused’s defense.


Declared a "corruptor on earth" and an "enemy of God" by the Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Isfahan, Mr. Latifian was sentenced to death. He was consequently executed.

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