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One Person’s Story

Ahmad Rajavi


Age: 35
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: July 8, 1980
Location: Esfahan, Esfahan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Unspecified execution method
Charges: Robbery; Drug trafficking; Sedition and/ or threat to public security

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Ahmad Rajavi was reported by the correspondent of the Jomhuri Eslami daily in Isfahan (July 9, 1980).

Arrest and detention

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


No information is available on the circumstances of the trial.


According to the report, the defendant was charged with “acting as an intermediary in buying and selling drugs” and “sedition records such as robbery, battery, gambling, and hooliganism.”

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.

Evidence of guilt

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


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


The religious judge at the Special Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Isfahan for Combating Drugs and Narcotics declared Mr. Rajavi a “corruptor on earth.” He was sentenced to death.

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