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One Person’s Story

Nad Ali Taqizadeh


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Married


Date of Killing: July 23, 1980
Location of Killing: Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Unspecified execution method
Charges: Drug related offense

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Nad Ali Taqizadeh, son of Mohammad Ali, born in Hamedan and a resident of Tehran, along with 9 other individuals was reported by the correspondent of Pars New Agency, quoting the religious judge of the Anti-Narcotic Islamic Revolutionary Tribunals. The Jomhuri Eslami newspaper published the report on July 24, 1980.

Arrest and detention

Based on the report, the defendant was arrested by the Tehran Police.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


Mr. Taqizadeh was accused of “having been active in drug trafficking since 1957, having a background in robbery, and having drawn thousands of young men and women to drugs and prostitution.”

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

Based on the report, the defendant was caught in possession of 503 grams of heroin.


No information is available on the defense.


The religious judge of the Anti-Narcotic Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal sentenced Mr. Nad Ali Taqizadeh to death. He was executed early in the morning on Wednesday July 23, 1980.

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