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One Person’s Story

Ali Kariminejad


Age: 26
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: July 21, 1980
Location of Killing: Esfahan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Fatal
Charges: Homosexual act; Robbery; Drug trafficking

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Ali Kariminejad (also known as Ali Qazvini, son of Ebrahim, born in and resident of Esfahan) and three other individuals was reported in the Jomhuri Eslami newspaper (July 22 and 24, 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.


Mr. Kariminejad was accused of the following charges: “carrying and selling heroin because of which he had been imprisoned once before, direct collaboration with such well-known smugglers… who at times benefited from the defendant’s seditious spirit, and various criminal records including robbery, hooliganism, and sodomy.”

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. Thousands of alleged drug traffickers have been sentenced to death 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 July 22 report referred to the information in his file and Mr. Kariminejad’s confessions as the evidence of guilt.

International human rights organizations have repeatedly condemned the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran for its systematic use of severe torture and solitary confinement to obtain confessions from detainees and have questioned the authenticity of confessions obtained under duress. In the case of political detainees, these confessions are, at times, televised. The National Television broadcasts confessions during which prisoners plead guilty to vague and false charges, repent and renounce their political beliefs, and/or implicate others. Human rights organizations have also pointed to the pattern of retracted confessions by those prisoners who are freed.


Based on the news story, Mr. Kariminejad was given a chance to defend himself at the court. However, no specific information about the circumstances of the defense is available.


The Special Court for Combating Drugs and Narcotics declared Mr. Ali Kariminejad a “corruptor on earth” and an “enemy of God and his Prophet” considering that “some of these ugly acts were committed during the days of blood and martyrdom” (referring to the days preceding the success of the Revolution). The Court sentenced him to death. Mr. Kariminejad was executed in Esfahan at dawn of July 21, 1980. He was 26 years old.

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