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One Person’s Story

Karim Aqayun (Yadegar)


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: July 30, 1980
Location of Killing: Dezful, Khuzestan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Unspecified execution method
Charges: Religious offense; Sedition and/ or threat to public security

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Karim Aqayun (Yadegar) and three others was reported by the correspondent of Pars News Agency. The Jomhuri Eslami daily published the report (August 4, 1980).

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 the report, Mr. Aqayun was charged with “sedition”, “drinking”, “selling alcoholic drinks”, and “threatening and terrorizing.”

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

The report contains no information regarding the evidence presented against the defendant.


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


The Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Dezful found Mr. Aqayun a “corruptor.” He was executed at dawn.

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