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One Person’s Story

Abbas Jokar


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: August 14, 1980
Location of Killing: Qom, Markazi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Sexual Offense; Drug related offense; Plotting to overthrow the Islamic Republic; Corruption on earth; Collaborating with the political police SAVAK

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Abbas Jokar was reported in the Jomhuri Eslami daily (August 14, 1980).

Arrest and detention

No information is available on the circumstances of Mr. Jokar’s arrest and detention.


No information about the trial is available in the report.


Based on the report, the defendant’s charges were as follows: “selling drugs, establishing an Opium House, committing unchaste acts, misguiding innocent children, being a number one torturer for the dissolved SAVAK of Qom, and plotting against the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

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 sentenced 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 provide any information on the evidence presented against the defendant.


No information on the accused’s defense is available.


The Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Qom declared Mr. Jokar a “corruptor on earth” and sentenced him to death.

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