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One Person’s Story

Ebrahim Shahbazi


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: April, 1986
Location of Killing: Karaj, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Stoning
Charges: Adultery; Prostitution and/or procuring

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Ebrahim Shahbazi was reported in the Kayhan daily on April 19, 1986. The Islamic Revolutionary Prosecutor of Karaj told the Kayhan reporter that 22 individuals, including 6 women and 16 men, had been arrested regarding the same case, and that the High Judicial Court had approved the execution sentence by stoning of some of them. He said that these persons would be stoned to death in the future.

Arrest and detention

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


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


According to this report, Mr. Shahbazi was charged with “adultery, establishing a prostitution gang and turning his pastry shop to a place for adultery.”

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. Shahbazi’s defense.


The Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Karaj sentenced Mr. Shahbazi to death by stoning. The Supreme Court of the Supreme Judicial Council approved the sentence. According to the newspaper, the head of the Clergy Association of Karaj, delivered a detailed speech on the divine commandments in the Quran. Mr. Ebrahim Shahbazi was stoned to death in public.

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