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One Person’s Story

Qasem Ja'fari


Age: 44
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Married


Date of Killing: July 21, 1980
Location of Killing: Shahr-e Rey, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Sexual Offense

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Qasem Ja’fari, father of three, was reported in the Jomhuri Eslami daily (July 22, 1980).

Arrest and detention

Based on the report, the defendant was arrested at his work place the night before his execution.


The report mentioned that the defendant was tried the morning after his arrest at the Special Revolutionary Tribunal of District 14 in Shar-e Ray.


Mr. Qasem Ja'fari was charged with “an act incompatible with chastity.” The report specifies that the defendant, a policeman during the Shah’s, was fired before the revolution for the same crime and worked at a restaurant since then. He was arrested for “deluding many young small-town boys and sexually assaulting them.”

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 of this execution does not contain any information regarding the evidence provided against the defendant.


No information is available on the defendant’s defense.


Mr. Ja'fari was found guilty of “corruption on earth.” He was shot to death by District 14 Revolutionary Guards at 2 pm, within an hour since the issuance of the verdict, at one of the headquarters in the district. In response to why they did not present the case to the Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of the Center before carrying out the sentence on their own, the head of District 14 Committee’s Task Force mentioned that the Special Revolutionary Tribunal held by this Committee took orders from the same Ayatollahs as the Center (Ayatollah Meshkini and Ayatollah Montazeri), which was why they did not seek consultation from the Center.

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