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One Person’s Story

Esfandiar Shafi'i


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: December 7, 1979
Location of Killing: Shiraz, Fars Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Murder

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Esfandiar Shafi’i and his brother Satiar was announced in the Kayhan and the Jomhuri Eslami newspapers on December 8, 1979. Kayhan wrote that they owned large pieces of land in Seifabad (Fars Province).

Arrest and detention

The details of Mr. Shafi’i’s arrest and detention are not known, other than he was arrested by the Revolutionary Guards of Kazerun (Fars Province).


Mr. Shafi’i was tried at the Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Kazerun.


According to Kayhan, Mr. Shafi’i and his brother “had been involved in a street fight due to prior disagreements, which broke out a few months before and led to the death of 7 women and men.”

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

No information is available concerning the evidence presented against the accused.


No information is available concerning Mr. Shafi’i’s defense.


The Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Kazerun condemned Mr. Shafi’i to death however, according to Kauhan, “the execution was to take place in Shiraz for certain reasons”.

Mr. Esfandiar Shafi’i and his brother were executed by firing squad in Shiraz at 2 a.m. on December 7, 1979.

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