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One Person’s Story

Abolfazl B.


Age: 19
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Single


Date of Killing: February 16, 2008
Location of Killing: Central Prison (Vakilabad Prison), Mashhad, Khorasan\Khorasan-e Razavi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Rape
Age at time of offense: 18

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Abolfazl B., along with another person, was published in the E’temad newspaper and on the website of ISNA (Iranian Students News Agency) on February 17, 2008, quoting the Public Relations Office of the Khorasan-e Razavi Courthouse, and in the Khorasan newspaper on February 25, 2008. Additional information was taken from the Qods newspaper on January 28, 2008, Khabar-e Jonub on May 31, 2008, and the Khorasan newspaper on February 20 and March 3, 2008. His case is related to the rape and harassment of eight under-10-year-old girls at Eshratabad Street and Khajeh Rabi’ quarters in Mashahd during a year. He was 18 at the time of incidents.

Arrest and detention

Mr. Abolfazl B. was arrested by a security force soldier in Hosseinbashi Alley in Mashhad on October 13, 2006 and transferred to the Shahid Hasheminejad Police Station. According to the existing information, a person reported to this police station that his daughter had been kidnapped by a bicyclist. Police agents, accompanied by the plaintiff, began an immediate search and identified the bicyclist and the young girl. During preliminary interrogation, Mr. Abolfazl B. denied the charge. However, he later confessed to the kidnapping and raping of girls. (Khorasan newspaper)


Branch Five of the Criminal Court of Khorasan-e Razavi tried Mr. Abolfazl B. A judge in Branch 27 of the Revolutionary Public Prosecutors Office first investigated the case and referred it to the Criminal Court of Khorasan-e Razavi on October 23, 2006. The first trial session took place on February 7, 2007; however, it was postponed to the next day because there was no attorney and Mr. Abolfazl B. denied the charges. The second trial session took place in the presence of a public defender, the representative of the Public Prosecutor, and several plaintiffs. Next sessions took place on April 13 and May 1, 2007. (Khorasan newspaper on February 25, 2008)


According to the Public Relations Office of the Khorasan-e Razavi Courthouse, the charge brought against Mr. Abolfazl B. was announced as “raping under-10-year-old girls” (ISNA). According to another report, his charges were announced as “kidnapping young girls, harassment, and raping them.” (Khorasan newspaper)

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 presented against Mr. Abolfazl B. was “being identified by girls and their testimonies, statements and complaints by families, and his own confession.” Additionally, the forensics’ report of an interview and a psychological test indicated that no sign of insanity had been observed and he had been in control of his actions during the crime.

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.


Mr. Abolfazl B. was 18 years old at the time of incidents. He told the court that he was innocent and was forced to accept charges because of psychological and physical pressures on him (Khorasan newspaper). In his defense, Mr. Abolfazl B.’s attorney stated that he suffers from a kind of psychological illness and demanded that the case be referred to the Supreme Court for evaluation. (Khabar-e Jonub)   


Branch Five of the Criminal Court of Khorasan-e Razavi condemned Mr. Abolfazl B. to death by hanging. Branch 32 of the Supreme Court confirmed the ruling. He was hanged, along with another person, observing of religious orders, in the presence of authorities and a forensics physician at the Mashhad Central Prison yard on February 16, 2008. 

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