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One Person’s Story

Mehdi Qaheri


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: July 4, 1980
Location of Killing: Najaf Abad, Esfahan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Unspecified execution method
Charges: Homosexual act; Rape

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Mehdi Qaheri and two others was announced to Pars News Agency by the public relations office of the Revolutionary Guards headquarters of Isfahan. The Jomhuri Eslami and Enqelab Eslami dailies published the announcement (July 5, 1980).

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.

Arrest and detention

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


Based on the reports, the verdict was issued by the Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Najaf Abad. However, the circumstances of the trial remain unknown.


Mr. Qaheri was charged with “repeated sodomy and rape at gun point”

Evidence of guilt

The reports did not provide any information regarding the evidence presented against the defendant.


No information is available on the defendant’s defense.


Mr. Qaheri and two other defendants were sentenced to death for “corruption on earth” and “waging war against God and his prophet.”

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