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One Person’s Story

Esma'il Ebrahimi


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: January 3, 1985
Location of Killing: Public Prosecutor's office, Qom, Markazi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Unspecified execution method
Charges: Armed robbery

About this Case

The execution of Lieutenant Colonel Esma’il Ebrahimi, along with two others, was reported in the Kayhan daily on January 3, 1985.

Arrest and detention

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


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


According to this report, Lieutenant Colonel Ebrahimi was charged with “repeated banditry, armed robbery, and threatening people on the way between Khoram Abad and Qom.”

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 Lieutenant Colonel Ebrahimi’s defense.


The 1st division of the Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Qom sentenced Lieutenant Colonel Ebrahimi to death. After being confirmed, the sentence was carried out in the Islamic Revolution’s Public Prosecutor’s Office. According to this report, the sentence was issued based on article 198 of the law of Hodud and Qesas (the law of talio and physical punishment) as well as article 11 of the Islamic Punishment Law.

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