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One Person’s Story

Hossein Irantalab


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: January 31, 1989
Location of Killing: Bandar Anzali, Gilan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Stoning
Charges: Adultery; Prostitution and/or procuring

About this Case

News of the execution by stoning of Mr. Hossein Irantalab was published in the Jomhuri Eslami newspaper on February 1, 1989.

Arrest and Detention

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


No information is available on the defendant’s trial. It took place in the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Bandar Anzali.


The charges against Mr. Hossein Irantalab were announced as “adultery, membership in a prostitution gang, and spreading corruption.”

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. Irantalab’s defense.


The court condemned Mr. Hossein Irantalab to death by stoning. After the ruling was confirmed by the Supreme Court, he was stoned, in public, in Bandar Anzali on January 31, 1989.

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