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One Person’s Story

Mohammad Rasul Azizian


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: July - August, 1980
Location of Killing: Kerman, Kerman Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Unspecified execution method
Charges: War on God, God's Prophet and the deputy of the Twelfth Imam; Sympathizing with anti-regime guerilla groups; Counter revolutionary opinion and/or speech; Corruption on earth

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Mohammad Rasul Azizian and two others was reported by the correspondent of the Jomhuri Eslami daily in Kerman (July 26, 1980).

Arrest and detention

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


The trial took place on July 24, 1980. Based on the report, deliberation and examination at the court lasted several hours.


The defendant’s charges were listed as follows: “Opposing the Islamic revolution and enmity with the sovereignty of the Islamic Republic of Iran through false and misleading propaganda; connection to counter-revolutionary groups, particularly the Kurdistan branch of the People’s Fedayeen guerilla fighters; distributing anti-Islamic publications from the mentioned groups among the simple-minded Muslim youth, particularly female students; and teaching deviant thoughts and subjects in the classroom.”

Evidence of guilt

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


No information is available on the defense.


The Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Kerman declared Mr. Azizian a “corruptor on earth” and an “enemy of God” and sentenced him to death. The sentence was carried out at 11 p.m., shortly after its issuance.

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