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One Person’s Story

Khales Sharifi


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: January 8, 1981
Location of Killing: Tabriz, Azarbaijan-e Sharqi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Fatal
Charges: Sexual Offense; Unspecified offense; Drug trafficking; Armed robbery

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Khales Sharifi, son of Majid, and three other individuals was announced in the Enqelab Eslami newspaper on January 8, 1981.

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of Mr. Sharifi’s arrest and detention are not known.


There is no information regarding the trial, other than Mr. Sharif was tried at the Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Tabriz.


The collective charges against Mr. Sharifi and three other individuals were announced as the following: “smuggling and trade of narcotic drugs, debauchery, armed robberies, causing fear and fright among the population, and cooperation with illegal armed groups of Komaleh and Sanar Mamedi.” The personal charge against Mr. Sharifi is not known.

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

No information is available concerning the evidence presented against the accused.


No information is available concerning Sharifi’s defense.


In accordance with the verdict of the Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Tabriz, Mr. Khales Sharifi was executed in Tabriz.

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