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One Person’s Story

Ahmad Vafadar


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: August, 1981
Location of Killing: Bandar Abbas, Hormozgan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Homosexual act

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Ahmad Vafadar, son of Mohammad, along with four other individuals, was announced in the coomuniqué of the Public Relations of the Public Prosecutions Office of the Hormozgan province and published in the Kayhan newspaper on August 9, 1981.

Arrest and detention

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


No information is available on the defendant’s trial other than he was tried at the Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Bandar Abbas.


Mr. Vafadar was charged with “several counts of being sodomized.”

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. The exact number of people convicted based on trumped-up charges is unknown.

Evidence of guilt

The report of this execution does not contain information regarding the evidence provided against the defendant.


No information is available on his defense.


The Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Bandar Abbas condemned Mr. Ahmad Vafadar to death. After the ruling was upheld by the Islamic Revolutionary Supreme Court, he was executed by a firing squad in Bandar Abbas.

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