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One Person’s Story

Jaber Hejazi


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: September 20, 1979
Location of Killing: Shiraz, Fars Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Drug trafficking; Corruption on earth

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Jaber Hejazi and another individual was reported by the correspondents of the Enqelab Eslami (September 19, 1979) and the Kayhan (September 20, 1979) newspapers.

Arrest and detention

Based on the Enqelab Eslami report, the defendant was arrested by the officials of the Shiraz Air Force Security Headquarters in Zand Street in Shiraz.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


The Enqelab Eslami report mentioned the defendant’s charge as “carrying 350 grams of heroin” whereas the Kayhan report referred to “buying and selling 145 grams of heroin and having a long criminal history in this regard.”

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

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.


The Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Shiraz declared Mr. Hejazi a “corruptor on earth” and sentenced him to death. He was executed at dawn on 20 September 1979 in Shiraz.

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