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One Person’s Story

Sohrab Rostam


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: June 5, 1980
Location of Killing: Hamedan, Hamedan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

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

Arrest and detention

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


The Jomhuri Eslami report mentioned that Mr. Rostami was tried at the Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Hamedan, presided by the religious judge. No specific information was provided regarding his trial.


Based on the report, Mr. Rostam was charged with “having a long history of drug dealing.” He was said to have distributed about 200 kilograms of heroin in the Western regions of the country.

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 Mr. Rostam’s defense.


Mr. Rostam was sentenced to death and confiscation of all his belongings. The death sentence was carried out within moments after the issuance of the verdict.

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