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One Person’s Story

Aliaqa Abbasi


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: December 23, 1987
Location of Killing: Qasr Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Aliaqa Abbasi was reported in the Kayhan newspaper on December 24, 1987.

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 report, Mr. Abbasi was charged with “first-degree murder.”

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. Abbasi’s defense.


Branch 135 of Penal Court sentenced Mr. Abbasi to death. Having been confirmed by Branch 16 of the Supreme Court and the Head of the Supreme Judicial Council, the sentence was carried out in prison at dawn. According to the report, Mr. Abbasi “was taken from the solitary confinement to the prison guard’s room at 4:30 a.m. At first… the religious rituals were performed. Then after saying his morning prayers and writing his will, the convict was taken to the gallows. He was executed in the presence of the director of the Prison, Assistant Prosecutor and forensic doctor. His body was removed from the gallowed and carried to the Department of Forensic Medicine after 12 minutes.”

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