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One Person’s Story

Seyed Mohammad Hassan Tabataba'i


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: October 4, 1979
Location of Killing: Kermanshah, Kermanshah Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Homosexual act; Drug trafficking; Rape; Robbery

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Seyed Mohammad Hassan Tabataba’i and three others was reported by the correspondent of the Pars News Agency in Kermanshah and published in the Enqelab Eslami daily (October 6, 1979). The Kermanshah correspondent of the Kayhan daily, too, reported the news, quoting the communiqué of the Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Kermanshah regarding the case (October 6, 1979). The communiqué reads as follows:

"Now that the magnificent revolution of the Muslim people of Iran and the firm and uncompromising leadership of Imam Khomeini have destroyed the palace of Arrogance in this land, everybody is expecting that their wishes for achieving Islamic brotherhood and equality, living freely in a God-fearing society, and uprooting corruption and corruptors will come true. It is towards such a goal that the sword of Islamic Justice has come out of the sleeve of the Islamic Revolutionary Tribunals and everyday enemies of God and the People and violators of people's lives, livelihoods, and honor fall off on the lowest grounds of degradation and the society is cleansed from the stain of their filthy existence."

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. Tabataba’i was charged with “having a long record in robbery, rape, drug trafficking, deluding youngsters, and repeated acts of sodomy.”

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.

Evidence of guilt

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


No information is available on the defense.


Mr. Tabataba’i was sentenced to death. The sentence was carried out the same evening, at 9:30 p.m.

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