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One Person’s Story

Mohsen Ghaffarzadeh


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim


Date of Killing: July 5, 2005
Location of Killing: Salmas, Azarbaijan-e Gharbi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Acts incompatible with chastity

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Mohsen Ghaffarzadeh, also known as Hajn, was announced on the websites of the Shargh and the E’temad newspaper on July 7, 2005. Shargh calls him “a rapist” although he was charged with “act incompatible with chastity.” E’temad refers to him as a “young man,” but the pictures of this news story shows an elderly man.

Arrest and detention

The details of this defendant’s arrest and detention are not known; he was arrested in the village of Meqanjugh near Salmas (West Azarbaijan province).


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


Mr. Ghaffarzadeh was charged with “act incompatible with chastity.”

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


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


The court condemned Mr. Mohsen Ghaffarzadeh to death and the Supreme Court approved the sentence. He was hanged in public at Kargar square of Salmas on July 5, 2005.

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