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One Person’s Story

Shahab Darvishi


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: November 14, 2006
Location of Killing: Kermanshah, Kermanshah Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Homosexual act

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Shahb Darvishi, son of Ahmad, resident of Sahneh (Kermanshah province) was reported in the Jomhuri Eslami newspaper (November 15, 2006), and announced by the Islamic Republic News Agency, Iranian Students News Agency, as well as Fars News Agency (November 14, 2006).

Arrest and detention

According to the Fars News Agency, Mr. Darvishi was a member of the “Adidas” organized-crime ring, and had been arrested six years prior to his execution, along with some other members of the ring. No detail is available on his arrest and detention.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial other than he was tried at the Second Branch of the Public Court of Sahneh.


The above mentioned news agencies state that Mr. Darvishi was charged with “establishment of a corruption ring”, “beating and causing injuries” and the act of “sodomy.” According to Jomhuri Eslami the charge the resulted in the execution verdict was “the despicable act of sodomy.”

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.


Jomhuri Eslami explains that Mr. Darvishi “was charged with establishment of a corruption ring, participation in altercations, which resulted in beating and wounding and condemned to eleven years imprisonment. This ruling was approved in the Second Branch of the Court of Appeals of Kermanshah Province. Among other charges brought against him was committing the despicable act of sodomy which resulted in the death sentence through hanging. The ruling was appealed, but Branch 27 of the Supreme Court confirmed the verdict and insisted on this punishment.” Mr. Shahb Darvishi was hanged in public at 3 p.m. on November 14, 2006 at Azadi Square in Kermanshah.

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