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One Person’s Story

Hossein Nazari


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Married


Date of Killing: October 8, 1985
Location: Rasht, Gilan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Counter revolutionary offense; Adultery

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Hossein Nazari, former police officer in Rasht, was reported in the Kayhan newspaper on October 9, 1985. Two women, named Nosrat and Khadijeh, were accused of having relations with Mr. Nazari and executed.

Arrest and detention

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


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


According to this report, Mr. Nazari was charged with “committing 20 counts of adultery and having contacts with the group-lets, which are at war with God.”

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. 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

According to the report, the defendant “was arrested while committing adultery and confessed to all charges at the Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Rasht.”

International human rights organizations have repeatedly condemned the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran for its systematic use of severe torture and solitary confinement to obtain confessions from detainees and have questioned the authenticity of confessions obtained under duress. In the case of political detainees, these confessions are, at times, televised. The National Television broadcasts confessions during which prisoners plead guilty to vague and false charges, repent and renounce their political beliefs, and/or implicate others. Human rights organizations have also pointed to the pattern of retracted confessions by those prisoners who are freed.


No information is available on Mr. Nazari’s defense.


The Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Rasht sentenced Mr. Amrollah Nazari to death. The Supreme Judicial Council approved the verdict. Mr. Nazari was shot by a firing squad at the garrison of Basij forces in Rasht in the evening of October 8, 1985.

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