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One Person’s Story

Mehdi Rahmati


Age: 36
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


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

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Mehdi Rahmati 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 “carrying 87 grams of heroin and 255 grams of opium residue” and “various criminal counts such as sodomy, violating people’s honor, hooliganism, robbery, drunken manifestations, and so forth.”

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. Rahmati’s defense.


The religious judge at the Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Isfahan sentenced Mr. Rahmati to death.

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