Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

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One Person’s Story

Bushehr Niknam


Age: 25
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: January 5, 1981
Location of Killing: Shiraz, Fars Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Rape

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Bushehr Niknam has been announced in the Enqelab Eslami newspaper on January 6, 1981.

Arrest and detention

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


There is no information regarding this trial, other than Mr. Niknam was tried at the Second Branch of the Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Shiraz.


Mr. Niknam was charged with “repeated accounts of rape.”

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’s authorities have brought trumped-up charges against their political opponents and executed them for 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

No information is available concerning the evidence presented against the accused. The newspaper reported a previous conviction: “The Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Shiraz had tried and condemned the accused to imprisonment; however, he had been released due to his young age and expressing regrets [about what he had done].”


No information is available concerning Mr. Niknam’s defense.


The Second Branch of the Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Shiraz condemned Mr. Bushehr Niknam to death. He was shot by a firing squad in the afternoon of January 5, 1981.

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