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One Person’s Story

Akram Najafisahl


Age: 21
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: December 7, 2005
Location of Killing: Shirvan, Khorasan\Khorasan-e Razavi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Unspecified execution method
Charges: Murder
Age at time of offense: 17

About this Case

The execution of Ms. Akram Najafisahl was announced on the websites of the Kayhan newspaper (December 14, 2005), Group 8 Journalists (December 7), and ISNA (December 10).

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of this defendant’s arrest and detention are unknown. The alleged crime was committed on December 4, 2001.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial, other than the trial took place at Branch 3 of the Shirvan Public Court (North Khorasan province).


According to the newspaper report, the charge against Ms. Akram Najafisahl was first degree murder for fatally stabbing Mariam Enteqal.

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 states that the incentive for murder was that Ms. Nafisisahl wanted to marry a man, whose wife would not allow such a marriage.


No information is available on Ms. Najafisahl’s defense.


According to the Kayhan, Ms. Akram Najafisahl was sentenced to death. She was executed on December 7, 2005 in the Shirvan prison. She was 21 at the time of execution; 17 at the time of the crime.

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