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One Person’s Story

Hosein Malekinezhad


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: February 24, 1980
Location of Killing: Arak, Markazi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Unspecified execution method
Charges: Homosexual act; Drug related offense

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Hosein Malekinezhad and another individual was reported in the Ettela’at daily (February 24, 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.


Based on the report, Mr. Malekinezhad’s charges were as follows: “repeated sodomy with adolescents and making them available to his friends as well,” “providing gambling opportunities in his house,” “selling drugs,” and “keeping illegal arms.”

Evidence of guilt

The report of this execution does not contain information regarding the evidence provided against the defendant.


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


The Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Arak sentenced Mr. Malekinezhad to death. He was executed at dawn.

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