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One Person’s Story

Mostafa Keshani (Aqa'i)


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: December 9, 1979
Location of Killing: Esfahan, Esfahan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Unspecified execution method
Charges: Homosexual act; Robbery; Drug possession; Assault and battery

About this Case

The news of the execution of Mr. Mostafa Keshani (also known as Agha'i), son of Abbas Ali, was published in the Jomhuri Eslami newspaper on December 11, 1979.

Arrest and detention

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


No information is available on the defendant’s trial, other than Mr. Keshani was tried at the Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Esfahan on December 9, 1979.


According to the newspaper report, Mr. Keshani was charged with:“1. Swallowing 20 Centigrams of heroin, which he later removed from his stomach and then distributed it among prisoners who were recovering addicts; thus undermining the efforts of prison officials who had been working for several months to try to rehabilitate the prisoners2. Several counts of sodomy3. Hitting an officer on duty4. Several counts of assault and battery with knife5. Several counts of burglary.”

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. 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. Keshani’s defense.


The Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Esfahan declared Mr. Keshani a “corruptor on earth” and sentenced him to death. Mr. Mostafa Keshani was executed the same day on December 09, 1979.

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