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One Person’s Story

Abbas Alikhani


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: August 24, 1980
Location of Killing: Sari, Mazandaran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Unspecified execution method
Charges: Robbery

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Abbas Alikhani and two others was reported by the Pars News Agency correspondent in Sari. The report was published in the Jomhuri Eslami daily (August 24, 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

There is no information available on the circumstances of Mr. Alikhani’s arrest and detention in this report.


The report provided no information on Mr. Alikhani’s trial.


Based on the report, the defendant was charged with “attacking Kelar Abad’s National Bank.” No specific information about the nature and outcomes of the attack was provided in the report.

Evidence of guilt

There is no information available on the evidence presented against the defendant.


No information on the accused’s defense is available.


The Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Tonekabon sentenced Mr. Alikhani to death. He was executed immediately.

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