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One Person’s Story

Ebrahim Safavi


Age: 20
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: November 6, 2001
Location of Killing: Shiraz, Fars Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Armed robbery

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Ebrahim Safavi was published in the Ettela’at newspaper on November 7, 2001. This case was related to the murder of a jewelry store owner.

Arrest and detention

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


Branch 35 of the Public Court of Shiraz tried Mr. Safavi. No information is available on his trial.


The charges brought against Mr. Safavi were announced as “attempting an armed robbery, two counts robberies, drinking alcoholic beverages, and murder.” According to the report, Mr. Safavi entered a jewelry store for robbery in November of 2000 when he faced the owner’s resistance and shot and killed him.

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 authorities have brought trumped-up charges, including drug trafficking, sexual, and other criminal offences, against their opponents (including political, civil society activists, as well as unionists and ethnic and religious minorities). 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 and executed based on trumped-up charges is unknown.

Evidence of guilt

The report of this execution did not provide any specific information on the evidence presented against Mr. Safavi.


No information is available on Mr. Safavi’s defense.


The court condemned Ebrahim Safavi to death and the Supreme Judicial Council confirmed the ruling. He was hanged at the location of the committed crime on November 6, 2001.  

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