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for Human Rights in Iran

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One Person’s Story

Ali Maqami


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: July 21, 1980
Location of Killing: Qazvin, Zanjan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Unspecified execution method
Charges: Homosexual act; Adultery; Religious offense; Addiction

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Ali Maqami was reported by the correspondent of the Jomhuri Eslami daily in Qazvin (July 21, 1980).

Arrest and detention

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


No information is available on Mr. Maqami’s trial.


According to the report, Mr. Maqami was charged with the following: “consistent sodomy, drinking, corruption, extramarital sexual relationships, and using drugs; acts for which he had become famous in town.”

The validity of the criminal charges brought against these defendants 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 any information about the evidence presented against the defendant.


No information is available on the defendant’s defense.


Mr. Maqami was sentenced to death and executed.

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