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One Person’s Story



Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: November 18, 2005
Location of Killing: Dizel Abad, Kermanshah Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Unspecified execution method
Charges: Homosexual rape

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Ruhollah, along with two other individuals, was published on the web sites of the Iran and the Sharq newspapers on November 21, 2005.

Arrest and Detention

The circumstances of this defendant’s arrest and detention are not known. According to the Iran newspaper, “after the crime [kidnapping and rape of a 19-year old man] was committed, a police team was formed to arrest these individuals. After the arrest, the defendants were sent to the court.” The report did not specify the dates when the crime and arrest took place.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial. The newspaper report did not specify the duration between the arrest and execution. It is not clear whether there was an appeal court.


According to the Iran newspaper, “police reported that three men named Yunes, Hossein, and Ruhollah, posing as taxi drivers, kidnapped and raped a nineteen year old man.”

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 Islamic Republic authorities have brought trumped-up charges against their political opponents and executed them for alleged drug trafficking, sexual, and other criminal offences. Each year Iranian authorities sentence to death hundreds of alleged common criminals, 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. Ruhollah’s defense.


The Iran newspaper stated, that in accordance with the court verdict, Mr. Ruhollah was executed at Dizelabad prison in Kermanshah at dawn on November 18, 2005.

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