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One Person’s Story

Mohammad Ali Nazliani


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: June 4, 1980
Location of Killing: Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Drug related offense; Corruption on earth

About this Case

Officer Mohammad Ali Nazliani’s name appeared in a list of 21 executed individuals, reported by the Islamic Revolutionary Tribunals of Tehran and Hamedan and published in the Jomhuri Eslami daily (June 7, 1980).

Arrest and detention

The report provided no information regarding the circumstances of Mr. Salehi’s arrest and detention.


The Jomhuri Eslami report mentioned that Officer Nazliani was tried in Tehran by the religious judge who was also the head of the Campaign against Drugs and Narcotics. No specific information was provided regarding his trial.


Based on the report, Officer Nazliani, employee of the Qasr Prison, was accused of having made a fortune by “acting as a connection between the prisoners and the drug cartel outside and smuggling in heroin and opium for addicted prisoners.”

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

The report did not contain any information regarding the evidence presented against the accused.


No information is available on Officer Nazliani’s defense.


Officer Nazliani was found guilty of “corruption on earth” and “waging war against God.” He was sentenced to confiscation of all his belongings in addition to the death sentence. The death sentence was carried out within moments after the issuance of the verdict.

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