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One Person’s Story



Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: July 25, 1980
Location of Killing: Mashhad, Khorasan\Khorasan-e Razavi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Unspecified execution method
Charges: Sexual Offense; Robbery; Sedition and/ or threat to public security

About this Case

The execution of this individual, referred to as Esmail, was reported by the correspondent of the Jomhuri Eslami daily in Mashhad (July 26, 1980).

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of this defendant’s arrest and detention are unknown.


No information is available on Esmail’s trial.


Based on the report, the defendant was charged with “several cases of armed robbery through creating terror and beastly acts” as well as “sexually assaulting a married woman” in Mashhad’s Sisabad.

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 did not contain any information regarding the evidence presented against the defendant.


No information is available on the defendant’s defense.


The Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Mashhad sentenced this individual to death. He was executed at dawn.

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