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One Person’s Story

Mohammad Javadzadeh


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: July 8, 1980
Location: Mashhad, Khorasan\Khorasan-e Razavi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Sexual Offense; Homosexual act

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Mohammad Javadzadeh 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 the circumstances of Mr. Javadzadeh’s trial.


Based on the communiqué, the defendant was charged with following: “deluding small children”, “sodomy”, and “handing children over to debauchers.”

Evidence of guilt

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


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


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

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