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One Person’s Story

Majid Majdifar


Age: 19
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. Majid Majdifar, 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 30 of Tehran Public Court.


The charge against Mr. Majid Majdifar was announced as “murder with a knife during a fight.” According to the Kayhan newspaper, on June 27, 1995, when passing by a gymnasium, the defendant, at the age of 17, entered a fight with a minor and injured him with broken glass. Then, he murdered the victim with a knife.

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. Majdifar’s defense.


The court condemned Mr. Majid Majdifar 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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