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One Person’s Story

Ghafur Hamzeh'i


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Unknown
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: August 4, 1994
Location of Killing: Baghdad, Iraq
Mode of Killing: Extrajudicial killing
Charges: Unknown charge

About this Case

The information about the extra-judicial of Mr. Ghafur Hamzeh'i was published in a 1995 Amnesty International report: "Ghafur Hamzeh'i" was shot dead outside his home in Baghdad."

The Iranian authorities reportedly denied any responsibility for the shooting and said the killing was the result of political infighting among "the rebels." However, Amnesty International reports that "Minister of Information and Security, Hojatoleslam Ali Fallahian, had reportedly said on Tehran television, 'We have been able to deal blows to many of the mini-groups outside the country and on the borders. As you know, one of the active mini-groups is the Kurdistan Democratic Party, which operates through two groups, the main group and the auxiliary branch, in Kurdistan. There is also Komeleh [Komala]. We were able to deal vital blows to their cadres last year. The main and auxiliary organizations of both KDP and Komeleh were dealt severe blows and their activities were reduced'."

"Amnesty International includes in its definition of extrajudicial executions the killing of specific individuals which can reasonably be assumed to be the result of government policy at any level."

Arrest and detention

The victim was not arrested.


The victim was not summoned before a court and no public trial was held in his case. It is not known whether he was tried in abstentia.


No specific charges were brought against the victim.


Mr. Hamzei was not given the opportunity to defend himself before being killed.


The judgment, if any, was not made public.

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