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One Person’s Story

Rajabali Mellat


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: February 7, 1980
Location of Killing: Mashhad, Khorasan\Khorasan-e Razavi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Unspecified execution method
Charges: Murder; Corruption on earth

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Rajabali Mellat and another individual was reported in the Ettela’at daily (February 9, 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 mentioned that Mr. Mellat’s case was examined at the Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Mashhad. However, the specific circumstances of the trial remain unknown.


Based on the report, Mr. Mellat was charged with “the intentional and premeditated murder of Karbalayi Hosein Golmakani.”

Evidence of guilt

There is no information available on the evidence presented against the defendant.


The report provided no information about the accused’s defense.


The Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Mashhad declared Mr. Mellat a "corruptor on earth” and he was sentenced to death.

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