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One Person’s Story

Ya'qub R.


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: May 2, 2005
Location of Killing: Karun Prison, Ahvaz, Khuzestan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Unspecified execution method
Charges: Murder

About this Case

The news of the execution of Mr. Yaq’ub R. was published in the web edition of the Kayhan newspaper on May 3, 2005.

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of this defendant’s arrest and detention are unknown.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


The charge against Mr. Yaq’ub R. is mentioned as “stabbing and murdering a taxi driver named Amin R. and then stealing his car”.

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. Yaq’ub R.'s defense.


No information is available regarding the details of the verdict for this execution. According to Kayhan, the court judgment was confirmed by Branch 32 of the Supreme Court and Mr. Yaq’ub R. was executed in Karun prison in Ahvaz on Monday, May 2, 2005.

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