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One Person’s Story

Gholam Reza Ghafarian


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Married


Date of Killing: January 17, 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. Gholam Reza Ghafarian, along with five others, was published in the Iran newspaper on January 18, 2001. Additional information was taken from the Iran newspaper on January 17, 2001. His case was related to the murder of his ex-wife and his two daughters in the Atisaz Building in northern Tehran on October 12, 1999.   

Arrest and detention

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


The Criminal Court in Tehran tried Mr. Ghafarian. No information is available on his trial.


The charge brought against Mr. Ghafarian was announced as “murder.” According to the existing information, after he murdered his ex-wife and two daughters, he attempted to commit suicide. (Iran newspaper on January 17, 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.

Evidence of guilt

The report of this execution does not contain information regarding the evidence provided against Mr. Ghafarian.


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


The Criminal Court in Tehran condemned Mr. Gholam Reza Ghafarian to death and the Supreme Court confirmed the ruling. He was hanged, along with five others, in Qasr Prison in Tehran on January 17, 2001. 

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