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One Person’s Story

Elias Lotf'alian


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


Date of Killing: January 2, 2001
Location of Killing: Esfahan, Esfahan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Elias Lotf’alian, 19, a resident of Najafabad, was published in the Jomhuri Eslami newspaper on January 4 and 8, 2001.  

Arrest and detention

According to the report, after Mr. Lotf’alian committed robbery and murder on December 17, 2000, he kidnapped a girl student and attempted to escape with her in a car. However, some people arrested and took him to the police. The circumstances of his arrest and detention are not known.


The Special Branch of the Esfahan Courthouse tried Mr. Lotf’alian. No information is available on his trial.


The charge brought against Mr. Lotf’alian was announced as “murder.” According to the newspaper report, he had committed a murder at Apadana Street in Esfahan during a robbery on December 17, 2000.

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 report of this execution did not provide any specific information on the evidence presented against Mr. Lotf’alian.


No information is available on Mr. Lotf’alian’s defense.


The court condemned Mr. Elias Lotf’alian to death and the Supreme Court confirmed the ruling. He was hanged in public at Feiz Square in Esfahan on January 2, 2001, only 16 days after his arrest.


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