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One Person’s Story

Rajab Ali Rajabzadeh


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: April, 1982
Location of Killing: Shiraz, Fars Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Fatal
Charges: Drug trafficking; Corruption on earth

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Rajab Ali Rajabzadeh was reported in the Jomhuri Eslami daily on April 18, 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. Rajabzadeh was charged with concealing 2134 kilogram of opium in an oil tanker, transporting and storing it.

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


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


The Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Shiraz found Mr. Rajabzadeh guilty of being a corruptor on earth and sentenced him to death.

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