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One Person’s Story

Bahman Karimi


Age: 23
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Single


Date of Killing: April 6, 1986
Location of Killing: Qom, Markazi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Bahman Karimi, resident of Abadan and son of Mokhtar, along with co-defendant Ms. Tahereh Naqib, was reported in the Kayhan daily on April 6, 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, other than he was tried at the Penal Court of Qom.


According to the newspaper, Mr. Karimi was charged with “fornication” and “first-degree 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. Karimi’s defense.


The Penal Court f Qom sentenced Mr. Bahman Karimi to flogging (for “fornication”) and death (for murder). The Supreme Judicial Council approved the verdict. Mr. Karimi was flogged 100 lashes and was hanged on April 6, 1986 in Qom. He was 23 years old.

Ms. Naqib (co-defendant and wife of the murdered man) was stoned to death the same morning.

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