Ezzat Ebrahim-Nejad

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Ezzat Ebrahim-Nejad
Ezzat Ebrahim-Nejad.jpg
Born 1975
Died July 29, 1999(1999-07-29)
Nationality Iranian
Occupation Lawyer
Known for 1999 murder

Ezzat Ebrahim-Nejad (also Ezzat Ebrahimnejad) was an Iranian student, poet and demonstrator who was shot and killed in the attack by security forces on Tehran University dormitory that preceded and provoked the July 1999 student riots in Iran.

Several other students were beaten and injured in the attack and some police were later brought to trial, but no trial has been held for Ebrahim-Nejad's killer, who according to witnesses was a lebas-shakhsis, or plainsclothesman, a "shorthand" term for "paramilitary forces in civilian clothes." [1][2] According to Iranian human rights activist Shirin Ebadi, it was Ebrahim-Nejad who was the owner of the blood-stained shirt held aloft by Ahmad Batebi in a celebrated photo which appeared on the cover of The Economist magazine in 1999.


In 1998, he graduated from the Shahid Chamran University of Ahvaz School of Law.[3]

Shirin Ebadi, who worked as Ebrahim-Nejad family's pro bono lawyer, described Ebrahim-Nejad as "talented, hardworking, and ambitious" and his father as willing "to sell his small house in the provinces to hire a lawyer to pursue his son's killers." The family also complained to Ebadi of harassment - having stones thrown at them by vigilantes when they attempted to visit their son's grave and being barred from government offices in the wake of the tragedy.[4]

According to Ebadi, after much delay over who had jurisdiction over Ezzat's case, the revolutionary court dismissed it "since no people had officially been charged and since Ezzat was dead anyway."[5]

In 2009, it was reported that his grave at Behesht-e Zahra had been replaced, removing his cause of death.[6]

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References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ Payvand's Iran News ...1/25/01 Majlis commission receives complaints on various cases
  2. ^ Ebadi, Shirin, Iran Awakening, by Shirin Ebadi with Azadeh Moaveni, Random House New York, 2006, p.156, 158
  3. ^ "Mr. Ezzatollah Ebrahimnejad". Abdorrahman Boroumand Foundation. Retrieved June 1, 2013. 
  4. ^ Ebadi, Iran Awakening, (2006), p.156, 158
  5. ^ Ebadi, Iran Awakening, (2006), p. 177
  6. ^ "Mr. Ezzatollah Ebrahimnejad". Abdorrahman Boroumand Foundation. Retrieved June 1, 2013.