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One Person’s Story

Rasul Fana'i


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: 1985
Location of Killing: Esfahan, Esfahan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Fatal
Charges: Unspecified offense; Drug trafficking; Drug possession; Corruption on earth

About this Case

The executions of Mr. Rasul Fana'i and another defendant were announced by the public relations department of Esfahan’s Public Prosecutor’s Office and reported in the Kayhan Daily on November 2, 1985.

Arrest and detention

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


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


According to this report, Mr. Fana'i was charged with “causing harassment, knifing, supplying 944 kg of opium-823 kg of which he had distributed and 121 kg of which he had hidden in his house- as well as paying 19.980000 million in rials as a bribe to evade punishment at three different times.”

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 Mr. Fana'i's defense.


The Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Esfahan declared Mr. Fana'i “a corruptor on earth” and sentenced him to death. Having been confirmed by the Islamic Revolution’s Supreme Court, the sentence was carried out.

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