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One Person’s Story

Roqayeh Susanqori


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: Sexual Offense; Drug trafficking

About this Case

The execution of Ms. Roqiyeh Susanqori 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.


According to the report, the defendant was charged with “buying and selling heroin and opium” and “establishing a place of corruption.”

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 Ms. Susanqori’s defense.


The Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Sabzevar sentenced Ms. Susanqori to death. The death sentence was carried out the day after the trial.

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