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One Person’s Story

Babak Kan'ani


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: September 8, 2003
Location of Killing: Kermanshah, Kermanshah Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Babak Kan’ani, along with another person, was published in the Jomhuri Eslami newspaper on September 9, 2003. His case and the case of another person were related to the murder of a taxi driver.  

Arrest and detention

Mr. Kan’ani was identified by the victim’s father while driving the victim’s stolen car several days after the committed crime in 2001. He was arrested by police, along with another person. He was detained for two years. The circumstances of his arrest and detention are not known.


The Public Court in Kamyaran tried Mr. Kan’ani. No information is available on his trial.


The charge brought against Mr. Kan’ani was announced as “murder.”  

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 did not provide any specific information on the evidence presented against Mr. Kan’ani.


No information is available on Mr. Kan’ani’s defense.


The Public Court in Kamyaran condemned Mr. Babak Kan’ani to death, two years imprisonment, and 74 lashes, and to 80 lashes for drinking alcoholic beverages. The judicial authorities confirmed the ruling. He was hanged, along with the other defendant, in public at the victim’s work location in Kermanshah on September 8, 2003, after his lash ruling was carried out.   


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