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One Person’s Story

Majid Keikavusi


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: February 13, 2018
Location of Killing: Central Prison, Zanjan, Zanjan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Majid Keikavusi was reported by the Human Rights of Iran Website (February 13, 2018) and, along with five other people, by HRANA, Human Rights Activists News Agency (February 15, 2018).  This execution was not reported by official news agencies.

Mr. Keikavusi was from Marand and his case is related to a murder in 2013.

Arrest and detention

Mr. Keikavusi spent five years in prison.  On January 24, 2018, he was transferred from Maraqeh Prison to Zanjan Central Prison. The circumstances of his arrest and detention are not known.


No information is available on Mr. Keikavusi’s trial.


The charge brought against Mr. Keikavusi was “murder in the first degree”.  He was involved in an altercation with someone who owed him 9 million tumans.  During this altercation the debtor was killed.

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 report of this execution does not contain information regarding the evidence provided against the defendant.


Mr. Keikavusi did not intend to kill the victim.  The murder happened during an accidental altercation (Human Rights Organization of Iran).  No information is available on his defense.


Mr. Majid Keikavusi was sentenced to death by hanging.  He was executed in Zanjan Central Prison on Tuesday February 13, 2018.

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