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One Person’s Story

Asghar Barzegar


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: June 18, 1980
Location of Killing: Hamedan, Hamedan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Unspecified execution method
Charges: Drug trafficking; Addiction

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Asghar Barzegar was announced by Hamedan’s Islamic Revolutionary Public Prosecutor in a telephone interview with Pars News Agency. The Jomhuri Eslami daily published the announcement (June 17, 1980)

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of this defendant’s arrest and detention are not known.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


Based on the report, Mr. Barzagar was charged with “buying, selling, distributing, and using heroin.”

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. The validity of the criminal charges brought against 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

The report of this execution does not contain information regarding the evidence provided against the defendant.


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


The Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Hamedan found Mr. Barzegar guilty of “corruption on earth” and sentenced him to death. He was executed at one a.m.

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