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One Person’s Story

Mohammad Abedini Sar


Age: 32
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: January 30, 2008
Location of Killing: Evin Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder
Age at time of alleged offense: 23

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Mohammad Abedini Sar, along with four other people, was reported by Fars News Service and ISCA News, on January 30, 2008. In these sources, his name is given as “Mohammad S.”.  Additional information about this case has been gathered from the Human Rights Activists for Democracy Weblog (January 29, 2008). Mr. Abedini Sar was 32 years old, lived in Tehran, and his job was taxi driving. His case was related to the murder of one of his passengers, in the vicinity of Islamshahr, on August 13, 1998.

Arrest and detention

Sometime after August 1998, Mr. Abedini Sar was arrested by police, while he was cashing some travelers’ checks.  He spent nine years in prison.


Branch 74 of the Criminal Court of Tehran Province tried Mr. Abedini Sar. No information is available on this trial.


The charge brought against Mr. Abedini Sar was “murder in the first degree”.  He was accused of killing one of his passengers, with the intent of stealing his money.

Evidence of guilt

The travelers’ checks, found on Mr. Abedini at the time of his arrest, were entered as evidence against him.  During police investigations, he confessed to the murder. According to available information, he said he had started talking with his passenger.  During the conversation, he realized that the man was carrying a large amount of travelers’ checks.  He was tempted to steal these, and that was why he killed the man.


No information is available on Mr. Abedini Sar’s defense.


The court sentenced Mr. Mohammad Abedini Sar to death by hanging (retaliation for taking a life).  One day before his execution, he was taken from Raja’i Shahr Prison to Evin Prison. Mr. Abedini Sar was executed, along with several other people, on January 30, 2008, in Evin Prison.

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