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One Person’s Story

Najaf Ali Ashrafi


Age: 26
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Islam
Civil Status: Married


Date of Killing: February 22, 1985
Location of Killing: Shiraz, Fars Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Attempt to assassinate or assassination of state dignitaries

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Najaf Ali Ashrafi, along with 3 others, was reported in the Kayhan newspaper on February 23, 1985. Mr. Ashrafi is also one of the 12028 individuals listed in an addendum to the Mojahed magazine (No 261), published by Mojahedin Khalq Organization in 1985. The list includes individuals, affiliated with various opposition groups, who were executed or killed during clashes with the Islamic Republic security forces from June 1981 to the publication date of the magazine.

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of this defendant’s arrest and detention are not known.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


According to this report, Mr. Ashrafi was “a member of the Hypocrites small group [term used by officials of the Islamic Republic to refer to the Mujahedin Khalq Organization] and involved in the assassinations of that time in Shiraz.”

Evidence of guilt

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


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


The Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Shiraz sentenced Mr. Ashrafi to death. The High Judicial Council confirmed the sentence and he was hanged in public in Shiraz.

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