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One Person’s Story

Javad Motahhari


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: May 17, 1985
Location: Shiraz, Fars Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Unspecified offense

About this Case

The executions of Mr. Javad Motahhari and another defendant were reported in the Kayhan daily on May 18, 1985. The newspaper referred to them as members of the Babak crime ring.

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 the newspaper, Mr. Motahhari and his co-defendant were collectively charged with “kidnapping and seducing adolescents in Shiraz.”

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. Motahhari’s defense.


Mr. Javad Motahhari was hanged in public in Shiraz on May 17, 1985.

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