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One Person’s Story

Ali Asghar Molla-Hosseinzadeh


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: May 21, 1985
Location of Killing: Kerman, Kerman Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking; Armed robbery; Possession of arms

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Ali Asghar Molla-Hosseinzadeh, son of Gholam Ali, along with 10 others, was reported in the Kayhan newspaper on May 21, 1985.

Arrest and detention

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


Mr. Molla-Hosseinzadeh was tried at the Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Kerman. No other information is available on the trial.


According to the report, Mr. Molla-Hosseinzadeh was charged with “participation in an armed robbery, supplying and storing weapons, attacking the officers, being a member of the smuggling gang of the Molla-Hosseinzadeh brothers and drug dealing.”

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

According to the report, Mr. Molla-Hosseinzadeh had a “criminal record.”


No information is available on Mr. Molla-Hosseinzadeh’s defense.


The Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Kerman sentenced Mr. Molla-Hosseinzadeh to death. The Islamic Revolutionary Supreme Court approved the sentence. He and ten other men were hanged on May 21, 1985 at prison of the Police Department of Kerman.

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