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One Person’s Story

Akbar Shafiq


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: November 8, 1980
Location of Killing: Tabriz, Azarbaijan-e Sharqi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Unspecified execution method
Charges: Homosexual act; Robbery; War on God, God's Prophet and the deputy of the Twelfth Imam; Sympathizing with anti-regime guerilla groups; Armed rebellion against the Islamic Republic

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Akbar Shafiq and three others was announced in a report by the correspondent of Pars News Agency in Tabriz, published in the Jomhuri Eslami daily.

Arrest and detention

The report provided no information on the circumstances of Mr. Shafiq’s arrest and detention.


No specific information was provided on Mr. Shafiq’s trial.


Mr. Shafiq, from Orumieh, was charged with “sodomy” and “repeated robbery” as well as “rebellion against the Islamic Revolution” and “cooperation with the outlawed Democratic Party of Kurdistan.”

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.

Evidence of guilt

There is no information available on the evidence presented against the defendant.


The report provided no information about the defendant’s defense.


The Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Tabriz declared Mr. Shafiq “an enemy of God.” He was executed at night.

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