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One Person’s Story

Abbas Heidarbakhsh


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: June 27, 1980
Location: Tabriz, Azarbaijan-e Sharqi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Homosexual act; Murder; Drug trafficking; Corruption on earth

About this Case

The execution of Mr.Abbas Heidarbakhsh was reported in the Jomhuri Eslami daily (June 29, 1980)The validity of the criminal charges brought against this defendant cannot be ascertained in the absence of the basic guarantees of a fair trial. 

Arrest and detention

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


The report mentioned that the verdict was issued by the Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Tabriz, “after examining Mr. Heidarbakhsh’s file.”


Mr. Heidarbakhsh was charged with the following: “frequent attempts at murder and sodomy”, “participation in drug dealing”, and “creating corruption in the society.”

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 exact number of people convicted based on trumped-up charges is unknown.

Evidence of guilt

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


No information is available on the accused’s defense.


Based on the report, Mr. Heidarbakhsh was found guilty of “corruption on earth.” He was executed at dawn.

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