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One Person’s Story

Fereidun Naji


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: January 28, 1980
Location of Killing: Evin Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Robbery

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Fereidun Naji and five others was reported from the Evin Prison by the correspondent of the Ettela’at daily (January 29, 1980).

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’s authorities have brought trumped-up charges against their political opponents and executed them for drug trafficking, sexual, and other criminal offences. 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 based on trumped-up charges is unknown.

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of this defendant’s arrest and detention are not known.


The report only mentions that Mr. Naji was tried at the fourth branch of the Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of the Center (Tehran). No specific information about the circumstances of the trial is available.


According to the report, the defendant was charged with “armed robbery of the country’s banks and shooting at criminal investigators.”

Evidence of guilt

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


No information is available on the accused’s defense.


The fourth branch of the Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of the Center (Tehran) sentenced Mr. Naji to death and he was executed at night in the Evin Prison.

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