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One Person’s Story

Seyyed Hosein Taleqani


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: March 19, 1980
Location of Killing: Dezful, Khuzestan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Unspecified execution method
Charges: Sexual Offense; Religious offense; Economic offenses

About this Case

The execution of Seyyed Hosein Taleqani and two other convicts was reported in the Ettela’at daily (March 26, 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 examining Mr. Taleqani’s and the other defendants’ cases took several sessions at the Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Dezful.


Based on the report, Mr. Taleqani was charged with “extramarital sexual relationships, raping married women and the daughters of the disinherited social groups, conspiring with the police and the Judiciary, owning a tavern and a House of Pleasure, seizing personal and endowed properties, and armed assault to the disinherited and violating their rights.”

Evidence of guilt

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


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


According to the report, Mr. Abdizadeh was found guilty of “corruption on earth.” He was sentenced to death and confiscation of his belongings as well as those of his immediate family’s after paying off their documented debts to Dezful’s Organization of the Disinherited. The death sentence was carried out about him at 9:30 p.m.

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