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One Person’s Story

Hossein Ali Barpaichi


Age: 32
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: January 16, 1985
Location of Killing: Qom, Markazi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Unspecified offense; Murder; Robbery

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Hossein Ali Barpaichi, son of Gheib Ali, was reported in the Kayhan daily on January 17, 1985.

Arrest and detention

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


No information is available on the defendant’s trial, other than he was tried at Branch 2 of the Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Qom.


According to this report, Mr. Barpaichi was charged with “first-degree murder, martyring Hojatalislam Davud Kazemi, several robberies, rape, escaping from prison three times and horrifying people.”

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

The report of this execution does not contain information regarding the evidence provided against the defendant.


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


Branch 2 of the Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Qom declared Mr. Barpaichi an “enemy of God” and a “corruptor on earth” and sentenced him to death. The Supreme Court approved the sentence. Mr. Hossein Ali Barpaichi was hanged in the afternoon of January 16, 1985 at by the river near the Motahhari Square in Qom.

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