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One Person’s Story

Ali Shoja'i


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Unknown
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: May 8, 1980
Location of Killing: Evin Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

The Prosecutor General of the Islamic Revolution announced the execution of Mr. Ali Shoja'i, along with two other individuals, in a communiqué published on May 8, 1980. The daily Enqelab-e Eslami reported the news the same day, quoting the Prosecutor's communiqué.

Arrest and detention

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


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


The defendant was charged with "hiding and distributing opium and heroin."

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. Ali Shoja'i's defense.


The Prosecutor communiqué stated that the defendant was declared a "corruptor on earth" and sentenced to death. The sentence was carried out at dawn.

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