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One Person’s Story

Ali Safa


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim


Date of Killing: October 10, 1986
Location of Killing: Qom, Markazi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder

About this Case

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Ali Safa was reported in the Kayhan newspaper on October 11, 1986.

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of Mr. Safa’s arrest and detention are not known.


There is no information regarding this trial, other than the defendant was tried at the Penal Court of Qom.


According to this report, Mr. Safa was charged with “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.


No information is available concerning Mr. Safa’s defense.


The Penal Court of Qom sentenced Mr. Ali Safa to death. The Supreme Court approved the sentence. Mr. Safa was hanged in public at 6 a.m. on October 10, 1986 in the presence of judiciary officials, military forces and thousands of by-standers in Pol Ahanchi district of Qom.

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