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One Person’s Story

Ebrahim Fattahi


Age: 23
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: February 2, 1980
Location of Killing: Esfahan, Esfahan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Robbery; Corruption on earth

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Ebrahim Fattahi and two others was reported in the Ettela’at daily (February 2, 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.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


Based on the report, Mr. Fattahi was charged with the following: “armed robbery from the Kuhpayeh branch of Bank e Melli [National Bank],” “carrying Kalashnikov guns illegally,” “shooting in the bank and creating terror,” “stealing a Mercedes Benz in Tehran,” “robbery at the Steel Mill terminal,” and “buying and selling smuggled goods.”

Evidence of guilt

The report did not provide any information regarding the evidence provided against the defendant.


No information is available on the accused’s defense.


The Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Isfahan declared Mr. Fattahi a “corruptor on earth” and “an enemy of God and his prophet” and sentenced him to death.

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