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One Person’s Story

Esmat Maleki


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: July 25, 1980
Location of Killing: Zarrin-Shahr, Esfahan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Prostitution and/or procuring

About this Case

The execution of Ms. Esmat Maleki was reported by the correspondent of the Jomhuri Eslami daily in Esfahan (August 4, 1980).

Arrest and detention

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


No information is available on the circumstances of the defendant’s trial.


According to the report, Ms. Maleki, a resident of the Sheikhabad village, was charged with “years of selling her body and deluding innocent girls.”

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 contains no information regarding the evidence presented against the defendant.


No information is available on Ms. Maleki’s defense.


the Religious Court of Zarrinshahr found Ms. Maleki a “corruptor,” and she was executed.

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