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One Person’s Story

Ali Kuhbana'i


Age: 41
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: May 25, 2003
Location of Killing: Esfahan, Esfahan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Armed robbery

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Ali Kuhbana’i was published on Isfahansite on May 26, 2003. Additional information regarding his arrest and prosecution was published in the Ettela’at newspaper on July 31, 2000.          

Arrest and Detention

According to the Ettela’at newspaper, quoting the Commander of the Security Forces in Kerman, Mr. Kuhbana’i and his collaborators were arrested based on cooperation between security forces in Kerman and Esfahan. They were transferred to the Intelligence Police in Esfahan. The report indicated that the date of arrest was kept confidential for investigative reasons to protect the police operation and prevent escapees from knowing it.


Branch Four of the Revolutionary Court tried Mr. Kuhbana’i. No information is available on his trial. 


The charges against Mr. Kuhbana’i were announced as "armed robbery, piracy, sedition, shooting at a Melli Bank agent in Kohandej Branch, carrying and possession of two Kalashnikovs, and having a criminal record."        

The validity of the criminal charges brought against this defendant cannot be ascertained in the absence of the basic guarantees of a fair trial.   

Evidence of Guilt

The evidence presented against Mr. Kuhbana’i was his “confession,” and recovery of “irrefutable documents” at their hiding place. The contents of these documents were not disclosed. (Ettela’at newspaper)

International human rights organizations have repeatedly condemned the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran for its systematic use of severe torture and solitary confinement to obtain confessions from detainees and have questioned the authenticity of confessions obtained under duress.


No information is available on Mr. Kuhbana’i's defense.    


The court identified Mr. Ali Kuhbana’i as Mohareb (fighter against God) and condemned him to death on September 24, 2001. The Supreme Court confirmed the ruling on September 7, 2002. He was hanged at the Rahnan Intersection in Esfahan on May 25, 2003.         

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