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One Person’s Story

Turaj Ranjbar


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: April 16, 1997
Location of Killing: Qasr Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Unspecified execution method
Charges: Murder

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Turaj Ranjbar, along with two other individuals, was announced in the Kayhan newspaper on April 16, 1997.

Arrest and Detention

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


No information is available on the defendant’s trial other than it took place in Branch 24 of the Public Court.


The charges against Mr. Turaj Ranjbar were announced as “murdering a person and stealing his belongings.” The Kayhan newspaper quotes security forces’ report: “[the defendant] was acquainted with a person… and went on business with him in order to purchase US dollars. On July 8, 1995, after a series of activities, he murdered the victim with a sidearm and stole his belongings.”

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 Islamic Republic authorities have brought trumped-up charges against their political opponents and executed them for alleged 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. Ranjbar’s defense.


The court condemned Mr. Turaj Ranjbar to death and, after the ruling was confirmed by the Supreme Court, he was executed at Qasr prison (Tehran) on April 16, 1997.

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