Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

for Human Rights in Iran

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One Person’s Story

Abubakr Shafe'i


Age: 49
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Islam (Sunni)
Civil Status: Married


Date of Killing: August 3, 2009
Location of Killing: Central Prison, Sanandaj, Kordestan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder
Age at time of alleged offense: 46

About this Case

Information about the execution of Mr. Abubakr Shafe’i, son of Rahman, is collected from an interview conducted by the Abdorrahman Boroumand Center with a person who knew him (ABC Interview). The news of this execution was also reported by Kordestan Media Website, Official Website of the Iranian Kordestan Democratic Party (August 5, 2009), and the Center for Defending Human Rights in Iran (August 6, 2009). 

Mr. Shafe’i was 52, his religion was Sunni Islam, he was from the village of “Shiveh to”, in the vicinity of Saghez, and he resided in Baneh.  He was married and had 6 children.  Mr. Shafe’i was illiterate and he was occupied as a shopkeeper.  He was described as a serious person, who seemed angry and seldom laughed.  He would not tolerate tyranny and injustice (ABC interview).

According to available information, his case was related to a murder in Baneh, Province of Kordestan on September 27, 2006. (ABC interview).

Arrest and detention

According to available information, plain clothes officers arrested Mr. Shafe’i, two days after the murder of a person in Baneh and he surrendered peacefully between 9-10 pm, on September 29, 2006, at the home of his cousin in the village of “Sabadloo”, in the vicinity of Baneh.  He was taken to Saghez. It is not known where he was kept in Saghez.  After a month, Mr. Shafe’i was transferred to Saghez Prison and subsequently to Sanandaj Prison.  He spent 34 months in prison (ABC interview).

Mr. Shafe’i had weekly visits with his family, either in a room, or in a cabin.  Right after the arrest, he hired an attorney and met with him several times in prison (ABC interview).


The Criminal Court of Kordestan province in Sanandaj, tried Mr. Shafe’i in three sessions.  The last court session was conducted in 2009, and lasted for two hours.  The court sessions were conducted in the presence of Mr. Shafe’i’s family, his lawyer, and the family of the victim (ABC interview). No details are available on this trial.


The charge brought against Mr. Shafe’i was “murder in the first degree”.  According to the interviewee, he was convicted of murder of the victim on the night of September 27, 2006, at the victim’s farm.  He had shot this man in the stomach three times with a Kalashnikov rifle (ABC interview).

Evidence of guilt

The basis of his conviction was his own confession.  He admitted to committing this murder at every stage of the investigation and court proceedings, and he never denied it.  The discovery of a Kalashnikov rifle at his home was also entered as evidence against him (ABC interview).


According to the interviewee, Mr. Sahfe’i’s cousin had been raped and been made pregnant by the victim.  Mr. Shafe’i believed that according to Sahria’ Law, he was justified in killing this person, and that public opinion and Civil Law would also sanction this killing (ABC interview).

No information is available on the details of Mr. Shafe’i’s defense.


In 2009, the Criminal Court of Kordestan sentenced Mr. Shafe’i to death (retaliation for murder).  The verdict was approved by the Supreme Court in Qom (ABC interview).

Mr. Shafe’i was hanged at the Sanandaj Central Prison, on August 3, 2009.  His lawyer and his family had not been notified.  His body was delivered to his family, and subsequently buried in “Soleyman Beg” cemetery in Baneh (ABC interview).

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