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One Person’s Story

Abbas B.


Age: 49
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: October 16, 2002
Location of Killing: Sari Prison, Sari, Mazandaran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Abbas B. was published in the Iran newspaper on October 19, 2002. He was a street peddler.

Arrest and Detention

There is no specific information on Abbas B.‘s arrest and detention.


Branch Six of the Public Court of Sari tried Mr. Abbas B. No information is available on his trial.


The charge against Mr. Abbas B. was announced as “murder.” He was accused of murdering his ex-boss’s son with blows of a knife on July 15, 2001.     

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 evidence presented against Mr. Abbas B. was his “confession.”

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. Abbas B.'s defense. 


The court condemned Mr. Abbas B. to death and the Supreme Court confirmed the ruling. He was hanged at the Sari Prison yard on Wednesday October 16, 2002 at dawn.       

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