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One Person’s Story

D. K.


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: March 11, 2009
Location of Killing: Central Prison (Adelabad), Shiraz, Fars Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder

About this Case

The news of the execution of Mr. D. K. along with three other individuals was announced by the websites ofKhabar-e Jonoub daily (March 12, 2009) and E’temad daily (March 14, 2009). The case of Mr. D. K., 36, pertains to the murder of an individual during a group fight. According to the available information, Mr. D. K.’s brother was a taxi driver who became involved in a fight with another taxi driver over who would give a passenger a ride in the taxi station of the Fathabad Village of Marvdasht in Fars Province. The murder victim with a few others started a fight against the brother of Mr. D. K., who was exiting the village, and beat him. Soon after, the Brother of Mr. D. K. went home and found a wooden rod and returned to confront those who had beaten him. This led to a renewed struggle during which the brother of Mr. D. K. was beaten again. Desperate, the beaten man informed his two brothers, including Mr. D. K., of the fight and the beating he had taken. In anger, Mr. D. K. and his two brothers left the house to confront the other group. That started the group fight of May 18, 2004, which led to the death of one of those involved as a result of stabbing.

Arrest and Detention

After the Judiciary Police of Marvdasht were informed of a murder during a group fight in the Fathabad Village of Marvdasht on May 18, 2004, Mr. D. K., along with a few others including his two brothers, was arrested and moved to the Judiciary Police Station of Marvdasht. In the process of police investigation, Mr. D. K. was accused of murder. He spent four years in prison.


Mr. D. K. was tried by Branch 102 of the Public Court of Marvdasht. During the court proceedings, Mr. D. K.’s brother who had initiated the fight with the victim, was also present as an eyewitness (Khabar-e Jonoub daily, March 12, 2009). 


The court charged Mr. D. K. with premediated murder. 

Evidence of Guilt

According to the available information, the statements of the eyewitnesses and Mr. D. K.’s own confessions became the basis for the verdict that was issued against him. During the initial police investigation as well during the court proceedings, Mr. D. K. accepted the charge of murder. In addition, the body of the victim and the statements of Mr. D. K.’s brother at court were among the pieces of evidence that were entered against him.


According to the available information, during the court proceedings, Mr. D. K., while expressing regret for what had happened, stated that he had had no intention of killing the victim, and that he had gotten involved in the fight on behalf of his brother and had only defended himself during the fight. 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.


Branch 102 of the Public Court of Marvdasht sentenced Mr. D. K. to death. Branch 27 of the Supreme Court approved the verdict. The court granted Mr. D. K. a one-week window before the sentence was carried out so that he could seek the forgiveness of the victim’s first-degree blood relatives. However, his attempts in that regard eventually proved fruitless. Mr. D. K. was hanged in Adelabad Prison in Shiraz on the morning of March 11, 2009.

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