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One Person’s Story

Haj Ali Shokrollahi


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: July 8, 1980
Location of Killing: Mashhad, Khorasan\Khorasan-e Razavi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Robbery; Drug trafficking

About this Case

The execution of Haj Ali Shokrollahi and four others was announced in a communiqué of the Islamic Revolutionary Public Prosecution Office of Mashhad, published in the Jomhuri Eslami daily (July 9, 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. 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.

Arrest and detention

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


No information is available on Mr. Shokrollahi’s trial.


Based on the communiqué, the defendant was charged with: “buying and selling drugs such as heroin”, “having 28 previous convictions for different crimes, including robbery”, “resisting the officials”, “involuntary manslaughter”, “several counts of hiding opium”, “establishing an opium den”, and “assault and battery.”

Evidence of guilt

The communiqué does not contain information regarding the evidence provided against the defendant.


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


Based on the communiqué, Mr. Shokrollahi was declared a “corruptor on earth.” He was sentenced to death.

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