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One Person’s Story

Zaki Khoshijan


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: June 22, 1982
Location of Killing: Ilam, Ilam Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Homosexual act

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Zaki Khoshijan, along with six others, was reported in the Jomhuri Eslami daily on June 23, 1982.

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. Khoshijan was charged with the "heinous act of sodomy".

The validity of the criminal charges brought against these defendants 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 of this execution does not contain information regarding the evidence provided against the defendant.


No information is available on Mr.Khoshijan's defense.


The Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Ilam found Mr.Khoshijan guilty of being the enemy of God and the Prophet and sentenced him to death. He was executed by firing squad.

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