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One Person’s Story

Reza Dastbas


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: June 15, 1985
Location of Killing: Evin Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Fatal
Charges: Armed rebellion against the Islamic Republic; Attempt to assassinate or assassination of state dignitaries

About this Case

Mr. Reza Dastbas, son of Hossein, is one of the 12028 individuals listed in an addendum to the Mojahed magazine (No 261), published by Mojahedin Khalq Organization in 1985. The list includes individuals, affiliated with various opposition groups, who were executed or killed during clashes with the Islamic Republic security forces from June 1981 to the publication date of the magazine. The execution of Mr. Dastbas, along with 5 others, was announced in a communiqué of the public relations department of the revolutionary prosecution’s office of Tehran and reported in the Kayhan newspaper on June 17, 1985. The newspaper report refers to them as “six members of the small group of infidel Hypocrites that is at war with God.”

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 communiqué, Mr. Dastbas was charged with being “a member of the terrorist Hypocrites organization [‘Hypocrites’: term Islamic Republic authorities used to refer to the Mojahedin Khalq Organization], setting fire to a car, which belonged to the Ministry of Petroleum, participating an attempted assassination which resulted in wounding of a Revolutionary Guards brother, assassinating 2 Hezbollahi persons [members of the Party of God] and wounding another, as well as destroying their workplaces, throwing bombs and grenades at the Elhadi Institution and wounding its librarian, throwing bombs at the Foundation of the Dispossessed [Bonyad-e Mostaz’afan] on Apadana Street and martyring its accountant, as well as wounding another brother.”

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

No information is available concerning the evidence presented against the accused.


No information is available on Mr. Dastbas’s defense.


The Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Tehran sentenced Mr. Dastbas to death. He and 5 others were executed in Evin prison on June 15, 1985 “in the presence of the honorable family members of the persons that they have martyred.”

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