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One Person’s Story

Hossin Qoli Haqverdi


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: March 3, 1980
Location of Killing: Evin Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Murder

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Hosein Qoli Haqverdi was announced in a communiqué of the public relations unit of the Chief Islamic Revolutionary Public Prosecution Office. The announcement was published in the Ettela’at daily (March 4, 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.


The communiqué specified that Mr. Haqverdi was tried along with a former police officer at the first branch of the Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal. However, no information regarding the circumstances of the trial was provided.


According to the communiqué, Mr. Haqverdi was charged with “murdering two individuals by the names of Mohammad Ali Ja’fari and Abdollah Ra’isi, as well as his own mother.”

Evidence of guilt

This communiqué contained no information regarding the evidence provided against the defendant.


No information is available on the accused’s defense.


Mr. Haqverdi was sentenced to death and the sentence was carried out at 10:30 p.m. at the Evin prison courtyard.

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