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One Person’s Story

Mahmud Yaqtin


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: May 19, 1985
Location of Killing: Shiraz, Fars Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Fatal
Charges: Sexual Offense; Unspecified offense

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Mahmud Yaqtin, along with two others, was reported in the Kayhan daily on May 19, 1985. The newspaper refers to these men as “members of a crime ring called Babak.” The news story also mentions two other members of the gang had been executed 2 days before.

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. Yaqtin was charged with “kidnapping and molesting 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. Yaqtin’s defense.


The 13th branch of Shiraz’s Penal Court sentenced Mr. Yaqtin to death. The Supreme Court approved the sentence. Mr. Mahmud Yaqtin was executed along with two other men.

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