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One Person’s Story

Abas Khashabi (Zhian)


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Unknown
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: January 6, 1980
Location of Killing: Kerman, Kerman Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

Kayhan Daily reported Mr. Abas Khashabi’s–also known as Zhiani—execution on 7 January 1979.

According to Kayhan, Mr. Khashabi had been sentenced to 12 years of imprisonment for drug trafficking before the date of his trial in 1980.

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of Mr. Khashabi’s arrest and detention are not known.


The Revolutionary Tribunal of Kerman, a city in southeastern Iran, tried Mr. Khashabi.


Kayhan Daily reported Mr. Khashabi’s charges as “distributing heroin inside Shahrbani Prison of Kerman”.

Evidence of guilt

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


No information is available concerning Mr. Khashabi’s defense and it is not clear if he had the opportunity to defend himself effectively, for example whether he had access to a lawyer or the possibility to summon witnesses in his favor, etc. The validity of the criminal charges brought against this defendant cannot be ascertained in the absence of the basic guarantees of a fair trial.


The Revolutionary Tribunal of Kerman recognized Mr. Khashabi guilty of “corruption on earth” and sentenced him to death. The execution verdict was carried out at 2:30 p.m. on 6 January 1980.

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