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One Person’s Story

Hossein Heidari


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Unknown
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: July 5, 1981
Location: Kerman, Kerman Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Stoning
Charges: Adultery

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Hossein Heidari was reported in the Ettela’at daily (July 6, 1981).

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 validity of the criminal charges brought against these defendants cannot be ascertained in the absence of the basic guarantees of a fair trial. The exact number of people convicted based on trumped-up charges is unknown.

Arrest and detention

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


The defendant was tried at the Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Kerman. The circumstances of the trial remain unknown.


Mr. Heidari was charged with adultery.

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. Heidari's defense.


Mr. Heidari was condemned to death by stoning, the punishment (prescribed by law) for adultery. Based on the report, he was stoned “in the presence of a group of believers.”

According to the Iranian Penal Code, men should be buried in a pit in the ground up to their waists, and women buried up to their chests. Individuals who manage to dig themselves out and escape from the pit while the stoning is being carried out have their lives spared, usually to be sentenced to prison. Article 104 of the Penal Code states that ''...the stones should not be too large so that the person dies on being hit by one or two of them, nor so small so that they cannot be called stones.'' Execution by stoning causes grievous pain before death and is a cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment.

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