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One Person’s Story

Mohammad Isa Zahir


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: June 7, 1980
Location of Killing: Zahedan, Sistan Va Baluchestan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Unspecified execution method
Charges: Corruption on earth

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Mohammad Isa Zahir and two other convicts was announced in a communiqué by the Islamic Revolutionary Public Prosecutor of Sistan and Baluchestan published in the Jomhuri Eslami daily (June 7, 1980).

Arrest and detention

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


The communiqué provides no information regarding Mr. Zahir’s trial.


Mr. Zahir, referred to by the correspondent of the Jomhuri Eslami daily as a “bale burner,” was accused of the following: “participation in torching bales,” “resisting the gendarmerie officials and Revolutionary Guards,” and “shooting at the Revolutionary Guards, resulting in the martyrdom of Mohammad Jahangir.”

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 validity of the criminal charges brought against these defendants cannot be ascertained in the absence of the basic guarantees of a fair trial. 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.


Mr. Zahir was sentenced to death.

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