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One Person’s Story

Ahmad Taqiabadi


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: November 25, 1997
Location of Killing: Shohada Square, Shiraz, Fars Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder; Robbery; Acts incompatible with chastity; Rape

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Ahmad Taqiabadi, from Nishabur and a resident of Mashhad according to the Head of Fars Judiciary, was published in the Kayhan newspaper on November 24, and 25, 1997, and on the website of the Hamshahri newspaper on August 7, November 24, and 26, 1997.

Arrest and Detention

According to the Hamshahri newspaper, in January of 1997 a plaintiff identified the defendant after he kidnapped a 13 year old girl in Shiraz. According to the Kayhan newspaper, he was arrested by Shiraz security forces.


The first session of the trial took place in Shiraz Judiciary Complex Number Two on August 5, 1997. It continued in Branch 35 of Shiraz Public Court. The first session was open but it continued afterward in closed sessions. There were 18 defendants in this trial.


The charges against Mr. Ahmad Taqiabadi were announced as "two counts of murder, five counts rape, twelve counts kidnapping, seven robberies, and five incidences of fraud, including using falsified governmental documents, and keeping inappropriate pictures and movies."

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 Islamic Republic authorities have brought trumped-up charges against their political opponents and executed them for alleged 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 Kayhan newspaper quotes the Head of Fars Judiciary saying that the defendant confessed to his crimes in Branch Five of Shiraz Detective Office. In this trial, three other defendants were present as accomplices and 22 people as plaintiffs.


According to the Hamshahri newspaper, the defendant created "imaginary accomplices" for murder and rape and several times named other people as the perpetrators of these crimes, and denied the charges of murder and rape in the court. One day before his execution, in his talk with the reporters, he explained his motivations for wrong-doing as having a disorganized life, futile marriages, and having psychological problems. It is unknown whether or not this talk with the reporters was the defendant's call.


The court condemned Mr. Ahmad Taqiabadi to seven counts execution, 421 lashes, and 44 years imprisonment. The Supreme Court recognized him as a "Corruptor on Earth" and added another count of execution. According to the Hamshahri newspaper, the execution of 421 lashes began a day earlier in Adelabad prison. During the lashing, a victim's brother lashed the defendant so hard that he was writhing and the lashing had to stop. For this reason, the remaining lashes were performed by the security forces. According to the same report, when the officials wanted to blindfold the defendant before his execution, he resisted and asked to be executed with open eyes. But finally the officials blindfolded him. He was executed in public in Shohada square of Shiraz on November 25, 1997 at 10 a.m., after he had received the last 100 lashes.

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