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One Person’s Story

Navab Davudi


Age: 19
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: July 18, 2004
Location of Killing: Najaf Abad, Esfahan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Rape
Age at time of alleged offense: 18

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Navab Davudi, along with another person, was published on the websites of Esfahan Information on July 18, 2004, ISNA (Iranian Students News Agency) on July 19, 2004, and in the Iran newspaper on July 20, 2004, quoting the Information Center of Police Headquarters in Esfahan. His case and the cases of four others were related to a robbery gang named Eblis, in Najafabad, Esfahan, in 2003.  

Arrest and detention

Mr. Davudi was identified and arrested by police in Najafabad in September of 2003 after several women filed complaints (Iran newspaper). The circumstances of his arrest and detention are not known.


A court in Esfahan tried Mr. Davudi. No information is available on his trial.


The charges brought against Mr. Davudi were announced as “five counts kidnapping, using narcotics, and rape.” Pretending to drive a taxi, he and four others committed kidnapping and robbery. (Esfahan Information website)      

The validity of the criminal charges brought against this defendant cannot be ascertained in the absence of the basic guarantees of a fair trial.

Evidence of guilt

The evidence presented against Mr. Davudi was “having a record for three criminal convictions, complaints by four women residents of Najafabad, being identified by the face recognition system, reports by witnesses, and his own confession.”

International human rights organizations have repeatedly condemned the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran for its systematic use of severe torture and solitary confinement to obtain confessions from detainees and have questioned the authenticity of confessions obtained under duress.


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


Mr. Navab Davudi was condemned to death, 15 years imprisonment, and 74 lashes. Branch Two of the Supreme Court confirmed the ruling. He was hanged, along with another person, in public at Vilashahr Square in Najafabad on July 18, 2004. The other defendants of this case were condemned to 15 years imprisonment, seven and five years exile to places with harsh environments, and 80 lashes. 

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