Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

for Human Rights in Iran

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One Person’s Story

Morteza Nazari


Age: 43
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: August 8, 1981
Location of Killing: Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Homosexual act

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Morteza Nazari was announced in the Jomhuri Eslami newspaper on August 9, 1981.

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 he was tried by at the Tribunal for Combating Evil-doing.


Mr. Nazari was charged with “the act of sodomy.”

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 his defense.


The Tribunal for Combating Evil-doing condemned Mr. Morteza Nazari to death. After the Supreme Court of the Islamic Revolution of Iran confirmed the ruling, he was executed by a firing squad on August 8, 1981.

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