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One Person’s Story

Ali Akbar Zahiri


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: March 4, 1986
Location of Killing: Dizel Abad Prison, Bakhtaran, Bakhtaran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Unspecified execution method
Charges: Murder

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Akbar Zahiri was reported in the Kayhan daily on March 4, 1986.

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, Mr. Zahiri was charged with murder.

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 Mr. Zahiri's defense.


Mr. Zahiri was sentenced to death. No information is available about the court which issued the death sentence. After being confirmed by the Supreme Court, the sentence (Qesas or law of Talion) was carried out in front of the victim’s next of kin (avengers of blood) at Bakhtaran’s Dizelabad prison.

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