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One Person’s Story

Hamid Bavi


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: June 9, 1980
Location of Killing: Ahvaz, Khuzestan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Unspecified execution method
Charges: Murder

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Hamid Bavi was announced in a communiqué of the Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Khuzestan in Ahvaz published in the Jomhuri Eslami daily (June 10, 1980).

Arrest and detention

The communiqué as published by the Jomhuri Eslami daily shows the date of the alleged crime by the defendant (July 17, 1980) to be 37 days after the date mentioned for his execution (June 10, 1980). Therefore, it is not clear what the actual dates of the alleged crime and the consequent arrest were. The communiqué claims that Mr. Bavi was detained only after his own clear confession to murder. “However, while further investigations were being made during his detention, he started to pretend that he was insane in order to escape the penalty. He did such strange things as eating frogs and meat, which prompted the court to have three medical specialists examine him for insanity.”


No information is available about Mr. Bavi’s trial.


According to the communiqué, Mr. Bavi was charged with “martyring the Revolutionary Guard Iraj Sabzevari.”

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. Thousands of alleged drug traffickers have been sentenced to death following judicial processes that fail to meet international standards. The exact number of people convicted based on trumped-up charges is unknown.

Evidence of guilt

The communiqué mentions that the charge was confirmed based on “the medical specialists’ clear opinion about the mental conditions of the defendant” and “other contents of his file.” However, no specific information regarding the circumstances of obtaining the confessions and the nature of the contents of the file is provided.


No information is available on Mr. Bavi’s defense.


According to the communiqué, Mr. Bavi was sentenced to death based on Qisas [the ‘law of talion’].” He was executed at dawn.

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