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One Person’s Story

Asad Postdar (Kharat)


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: July 29, 1980
Location of Killing: Sarpol-e Zahab, Bakhtaran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Unspecified execution method
Charges: Sexual Offense; Sedition and/ or threat to public security; Plotting to overthrow the Islamic Republic; Corruption on earth

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Asad Postdar was reported by Pars News Agency. The Jomhuri Eslami daily published the report (July 30, 1980).

Arrest and detention

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


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


Based on the report, Mr. Postdar was charged with the following: “having connections with anti-revolutionary elements”, “collaboration and participation in the explosion of the Iraqi repatriates’ residential area”, “activity to strengthen the previous regime”, “stick-wielding assaults against the struggles of the Muslim people of Iran”, “establishing a center of prostitution”, “sexual assault to his own brother’s wife”, and “forcing his own wife to sell her body.”

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

No information is available regarding the evidence provided to prove any of the above-mentioned charges.


No information is available on Mr. Postdar’s defense.


The Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Qasr e Shirin and Sar e Pol e Zahab found Mr. Postdar guilty of “corruption on earth.” He was executed at 10:30 p.m.

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