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One Person’s Story

Hosein A'rabi


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: July 5, 1980
Location of Killing: Shiraz, Fars Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Unspecified execution method
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Hosein A’rabi and 13 others was reported by the correspondent of the Kayhan daily in Shiraz (July 5, 1980).

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.

Arrest and detention

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


The report provides no information regarding the defendant’s trial.


Based on the report, Mr. A’rabi was charged with “keeping and carrying 2,750 kilograms of heroin.”

Evidence of guilt

The report does not provide any information on the evidence presented against the defendant.


No information is available on the accused’s defense.


The religious judge at the Anti-Narcotics Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal declared Mr. A’rabi a “corruptor on earth” and sentenced him to death. The sentence was immediately carried out. Based on the report, he had been sentenced to life imprisonment in the previous regime.

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