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One Person’s Story

Rostam Qaturlani


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim


Date of Killing: September 14, 1979
Location of Killing: Orumieh, Azarbaijan-e Gharbi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Drug trafficking; Corruption on earth; War on God

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Rostam Qaturlani, also known as Rostam Darhehchai'i, and another individual was reported by the official Pars News Agency and published in the September 15, 1979 issue of the newspaper Enqelab-e Eslami. The Kayhan daily of September 16, 1979 also published the news.

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.

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of this defendant’s arrest and detention are not known.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial except that he was tried by the Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Orumieh on September 9, 1979. The report also indicates that the case was examined and the verdict was issued in one session.


The charges brought against the defendant were "drug and arms trafficking", "corruption on earth and enmity with God."

Evidence of guilt

According to the prosecution, "47 grams of heroin, 1.65 grams of opium sap, one Berno fire arm and different kinds of bullets," were found in Mr. Qaturlani's home.


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


The Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Orumieh, referring to "old police files" on the defendant and dismissing his defense as "baseless," found him guilty of "corruption on earth and enmity with God." Mr. Qaturlani was condemned to death. He was executed at dawn, five days after the verdict was issued.

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