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One Person’s Story

Keyvan Najafi


Age: 23
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: October 25, 2001
Location of Killing: Qasr Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Keyvan Najafi, along with two others, was published in the Iran newspaper on October 25, 2001. Additional information regarding his prosecution was published in the Hamshahri newspaper on June 11, 2000. 

Arrest and detention

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


Branch 1608 of the Tehran Criminal Court tried Mr. Najafi. No information is available on his trial.


The charge brought against Mr. Najafi was announced as “murder.” According to the Hamshahri newspaper, on March 19, 2000, he and three of his friends got into a street fight with the victim and his friends during which Mr. Najafi stabbed the victim in the neck 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 evidence provided against Mr. Najafi 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. Najafi’s defense.


The court condemned Mr. Keyvan Najafi to death. The Supreme Court confirmed the ruling. He was hanged at the Qasr Prison yard on October 24, 2001.


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