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One Person’s Story

Esma'il Hakimi


Age: 26
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim


Date of Killing: November 16, 1986
Location of Killing: Qasr Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder

About this Case

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Esma’il Hakimi was reported in the Kayhan daily on November 16, 1986.

Arrest and detention

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


There is no information regarding this trial.


Mr. Hakimi was charged with first-degree murder of his sister-in-law, 6 years prior to his execution.

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. Hakimi’s defense.


Branch 139 of the First Division of the Penal Court of Tehran sentenced Mr. Esma’il Hakimi to death. Branch 11 of the Supreme Court approved the sentence. Mr. Hakimi was hanged at the age of 26, in the presence of the victim’s family at Qasr prison in Tehran on November 16, 1986.

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