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One Person’s Story

Hosein Gusfandi


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: July 23, 1980
Location of Killing: Dezful, Khuzestan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Unspecified execution method
Charges: Homosexual act

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Hosein Gusfandi was reported in the Jomhuri Eslami daily (July 26, 1980)

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of this defendant’s arrest and detention are unknown.


No information is available on Mr. Gusfandi’s trial.


According to the report, Mr. Gusfandi was charged with being “a sodomite, one who indulges in extramarital sexual relationships, and an anti-revolutionary.”

The validity of the criminal charges brought against these defendants 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

The report does not contain any information about the evidence presented against the victim.


No information is available on the defendant’s defense.


The Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Dezful sentenced Mr. Gusfandi to death, and he was executed in the morning.

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