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One Person’s Story

Abdorreza Akbari Diba


Age: 28
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Islam (Shi'a)
Civil Status: Single


Date of Killing: December 7, 2005
Location of Killing: 5th km into Arak-Khomein road, Arak, Markazi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder; Armed robbery

About this Case

News and information regarding the execution of Mr. Abdorreza Akbari Diba, son of Kheirollah, was sent to Abdorrahman Boroumand Center by a person who knew him (March 31, 2021). The news of his execution along with Mr. Farhad Akbari Diba, was also announced on the websites of the Central Prosecutor’s Office, the Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA) of Markazi province (Dec. 7, 2005), and the Iran newspaper (Dec. 10, 2005).  The report of this newspaper is vague and does not provide clear information about the events that resulted in the arrest of Mr. Akbari Diba. 

Mr. Akbari Diba was a resident of the Asadabad village near Hamedan. 

Arrest and Detention

According to Iran, Mr. Abdorreza Akbari Diba went to the police station in Saveh (Marzaji province) in order to pick up his damaged car. This car had tipped off the road in an accident and was seized by the police. The officials had learned that the occupants of the car were wanted for armed robbery; therefore, they arrested Mr. Akbari Diba.


Branch two of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Arak (Markazi province) tried Mr. Akbari Diba.  


Mr. Abdorreza Akbari Diba was charged with “armed robbery and murder”.

According to Arak Prosecutor, “Messers Akabrinia were blocking the roads from Arak to Khomein, Zanjan, Takestan, Mianeh, Nobaran in Saveh, and Shustar for extortion, frightening people, and murder”. (Central Prosecutor’s Office and ISNA - Dec. 7, 2005)  

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 Islamic Republic authorities have brought trumped-up charges against their political opponents and executed them for alleged drug trafficking, sexual, and other criminal offences. 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 based on trumped-up charges is unknown.

Evidence of Guilt

The report of this execution does not contain information regarding the evidence provided against Mr. Akbari Diba except for his confession. According to Iran, while in custody, he had confessed to extortion and armed robbery in the vicinity of Saveh and disclosed the details of a “horrible crime” at Khomein intersection. No further information is available.

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. In the case of political detainees, these confessions are, at times, televised. The National Television broadcasts confessions during which prisoners plead guilty to vague and false charges, repent and renounce their political beliefs, and/or implicate others. Human rights organizations have also pointed to the pattern of retracted confessions by those prisoners who are freed.  


No information is available on Mr. Akbari Diba’s defense. 


The Public Prosecutor of Arak called Mr. Abdorreza Akbari Diba “at war with God and a corruptor on earth.”  He was hanged in the presence of the victims’ families and other observers at the place of the crime (the fifth kilometer into Arak-Khomein road) on December 7, 2005.

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