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One Person’s Story

Mehdi Efati Tafti


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: February 3, 1985
Location of Killing: Shahrebani (police) Prison, Mashhad, Khorasan\Khorasan-e Razavi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Unspecified execution method
Charges: Murder

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Mehdi Efati Tafti, along with 4 others, was reported in the Kayhan daily on February 5, 1985, quoting the public relations of the Justice Department.

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. Efati Tafti 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. Efati Tafti's defense.


The 17th division of Mashad’s Penal Court sentenced Mr. Efati Tafti to death. After being confirmed by the Supreme Judicial Council, the sentence was carried out in the presence of judicial officials in the Shahrebani (police) Prison at dawn.

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