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One Person’s Story

Haj Hossein Babri


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim


Date of Killing: November 15, 1987
Location of Killing: Mashhad, Khorasan\Khorasan-e Razavi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Unspecified execution method
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Haj Hossein Babri, son of Hassan, born in and resident of Mashad, along with four other individuals, was reported in the Kayhan daily on November 15, 1987.

Arrest and detention

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


There is no information regarding this trial.


Mr. Babri was charged with “buying 20 kg of heroin as well as selling it over a period of time.”

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

According to the report, Mr. Babri was arrested during the Pahlavi regime for drug distribution, but was freed during the 1979 Revolution.


No information is available concerning Mr. Babri’s defense.


The Islamic Revolution’s Public Prosecutor’s Office in Mashad declared Mr. Haj Hossein Babri a corruptor on earth and sentenced him to death. The Supreme Court and the Supreme Judicial Council approved the sentence. Mr. Babri was executed in public at 6 a.m. on November 15, 1987.

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