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for Human Rights in Iran

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One Person’s Story

Mohammad Jaberi


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Unknown
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: May 11, 2007
Location of Killing: Evin Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Unspecified execution method
Charges: Apostasy

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Mohammad Jaberi was published on the weblog of the Human Rights Activists in Iran on June 1, 2007. Additional information regarding this case was taken from research by the Abdorrahman Boroumand Foundation. (ABF research)

Mr. Jaberi, known as Safa Baba, was between 50 and 60 years old. He suffered from mental disturbances and claimed to be God. His daughter was also condemned to five years’ imprisonment for a charge related to her father’s case. She was detained at Evin Prison at the same time as her father.   

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of Mr. Jaberi’s arrest and detention are not known. However, he was detained at Evin Prison. A prison guard told a witness in Evin Prison that Mr. Jaberi was “crazy” and suffered from mental disturbances. Because of his illness, Mr. Jaberi believed that he was God. He told his cellmate: “When they execute me tomorrow, the world will end.”

According to the existing information, the prison authorities asked Mr. Jaberi to write a statement of repentance and explain that his claim to be God had been due to his psychological illness. Since Mr. Jaberi thought he was God, however, he did not repent. (ABF research)   


No information is available on Mr. Mohammad Jaberi’s trial.


The charge brought against Mr. Mohammad Jaberi was announced as “apostasy from Islam.” (weblog of the Human Rights Activists in Iran)

Evidence of guilt

Mr. Mohammad Jaberi had written articles as “censored sections of the Quran.” He also had written a letter to the Pope. (ABF research)


No information is available on Mr. Mohammad Jaberi’s defense.


Mr. Mohammad Jaberi was condemned to death. He was executed in the yard of Evin Prison in Tehran on May 11, 2007. A prisoner who claimed to communicate with the Hidden Imam and had been in a cell with Mr. Jaberi on the day before his execution told a witness in Evin Prison: “After his execution was carried out, I wrote a statement of repentance because I realized that they don’t have mercy even for a mental patient.” (ABF research)  

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