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One Person’s Story

Babak K.


Age: 30
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Single


Date of Killing: November 14, 2001
Location of Killing: Qasr Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Sexual Offense; Murder

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Babak K. was published in the Iran and Jame-Jam newspapers on November 15 and 21 2001, respectively. Additional information was taken from the Iran newspaper on April 8 and 9, July 5, and November 6, 2001.

Mr. Babak K., 30, was a servant in an air-conditioner producing company in Damavand. According to a relative, he and his brother-in-law had a camera repair shop as partners and had separated due to financial problems. Mr. Babak K.’s family rejected him due to “addiction and moral issues,” and did not approve his marriage to the girl he loved (Iran newspaper on April 8 and 9, 2001).

According to the existing information, Mr. Babak K.’s case was related to the disappearance and murder of his niece-in-law on April 3, 2001.

Arrest and Detention

Mr. Babak K. was arrested by agents of Police Station 110 around Baharestan Square in Tehran on April 7, 2001, four days after the disappearance of his niece-in-law (Negin).

Mr. Babak K. first denied having any information about Negin. After what the reports described as “expert interrogations,” he later stated, however, that after kidnapping Negin, he had released her on a street in Tehran. During further interrogation, Mr. Babak K. claimed that he had imprisoned his niece at an abandoned house at Behbahani, a dead end street near Naser Khosro Street. Police detectives, along with Mr. Babak, went to the location and recovered the body of the girl (Iran newspaper on April 8 and 9, 2001).


Branch 1601 of the Criminal Court of Tehran tried Mr. Babak K.. No further information is available on his trial, but according to Jame-Jam newspaper he had a court-appointed lawyer.


The charges against Mr. Babak K. were announced as "murder and harassment.”

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 authorities have brought trumped-up charges, including drug trafficking, sexual, and other criminal offences, against their opponents (including political, civil society activists, as well as unionists and ethnic and religious minorities). 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 and executed based on trumped-up charges is unknown.

Evidence of Guilt

The evidence provided against Mr. Babak K. was his “confession” to harassment and suffocation of the victim, recovery of the victim’s body at the location pointed out by him, and testimonies of neighbors indicating that Mr. Babak K. was last seen with the victim on the night of the incident.

Mr. Babak K. went to his brother’s house on his niece’s birthday on April 3, 2001, but his brother did not let him into his house. According to reports, he kidnapped the five-year-old girl to retaliate for his brother’s actions. Among all sources, Jam-e Jam newspaper was the only source that reported the result of forensics examinations confirming his mental health.

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.


In his defense Mr. Babak K. referred to his suffering from epilepsy and his psychological problems and stated, “I don’t know why I committed such a crime.” (Iran newspaper, April 8, 2001) Pointing out his desire to marry and his family’s prevention, he stated: “I was rejected everywhere. Most of the time, I took pills and was not in a normal condition.” (Iran newspaper, July 5, 2001)


The court condemned Mr. Babak K. to death (two counts) for murder and harassment. The Supreme Court confirmed the ruling. He was executed in Qasr Prison on November 14, 2001. 

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