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One Person’s Story

Mohammad Reza Tabatabai


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: June 3, 1980
Location of Killing: Hamedan, Hamedan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Mohammadreza Tabatabai was announced along with four others in a report by the correspondent of Pars News Agency, published in the Jomhuri Eslami daily (June 4, 1980).

Arrest and detention

No information is available on the circumstances of this defendant’s arrest and detention.


The circumstances of Mr. Tabatabai’s trial are not known.


According to the report, the defendant was accused of “production, distribution, selling and buying of heroin.”

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. Thousands of alleged drug traffickers have been sentenced to death following judicial processes that fail to meet international standards. The exact number of people convicted based on trumped-up charges is unknown.

Evidence of guilt

There is no information about the evidence presented against the defendant.


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


The Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Hamedan sentenced the five defendants to death. Mr. Tabatabai and the other four stood before the firing squad at dawn.

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