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One Person’s Story

Ebrahim Rafi'i


Age: 50
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: September 23, 1979
Location: Sari, Mazandaran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Unspecified execution method
Charges: Homosexual rape

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Ebrahim Rafi’i was reported by the correspondents of the Enqelab Easlami newspaper and Pars New Agency (September 23 and 25, 1979).

Arrest and detention

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


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


Mr. Rafi’i was charged with “sodomizing a 10-year-old boy.”

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

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


No information is available on the defense.


The Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Sari declared Mr. Rafi’i a “corruptor on earth” and sentenced him to death. He was shot by firing squad on September 23, 1979 in Sari.

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