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One Person’s Story

Abbas Davud Zanjani


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: February 14, 2001
Location of Killing: Qasr Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Abbas Davud Zanjani, along with another person, was published in the Iran newspaper on February 15, 2001. His case was related to the murder of his 24-year-old wife in his mother-in-law’s house at Golestani Street in Tehran on June 3, 1992 at noon.

Arrest and detention

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


The Criminal Court in Tehran tried Mr. Davud Zanjani. No information is available on his trial.


The charge brought against Mr. Davud Zanjani was announced as “murder.” According to the report, he, covered as a woman, went to his mother-in-law’s house where his wife had gone in a huff after an argument with him, and murdered her with a knife.

The validity of the criminal charges brought against this defendant cannot be ascertained in the absence of the basic guarantees of a fair trial.

Evidence of guilt

The report of this execution did not provide any specific information on the evidence presented against Mr. Davud Zanjani.


No information is available on Mr. Davud Zanjani’s defense.


The Criminal Court in Tehran condemned Mr. Abbas Davud Zanjani to death and the Supreme Court confirmed the ruling. He was hanged, along with another person, at the Qasr Prison yard in Tehran on February 14, 2001. 

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