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One Person’s Story

Mohammad Tabasi


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: July 11, 1980
Location of Killing: Sabzevar, Khorasan\Khorasan-e Razavi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Unspecified execution method
Charges: Drug trafficking; Murder of persons and/or killing Muslims or/and freedom fighters

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Mohammad Tabasi and four others was reported by the correspondent of the Jomhuri Eslami daily in Sabzevar (July 13, 1980).

Arrest and detention

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


Based on the report, the Islamic Revolutionary Public Prosecutor examined the case at the Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Sabzevar on July 10, 1980.


The defendant was charged with “having a long history in buying and selling opium” and “collaboration with gendarmerie officials on the Arba’in day [Islamic holy day] 1979, resulting in the martyrdom of five individuals.”

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. Tabasi’s defense.


The Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Sabzevar sentenced Mr. Tabasi to death and confiscation of his belongings. The death sentence was carried out the day after the trial.

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