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One Person’s Story

Ehsan G.


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim


Date of Killing: December 15, 2007
Location of Killing: Lorestan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Assault and battery; Corruption on earth; Sedition and/ or threat to public security; Homosexual act; War on God

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Ehsan G. was announced on the websites of the Islamic Republic Police Information Base on December 16, and the Jomhuri Eslami newspaper on December 19, 2007.

Arrest and Detention

According to the Police Information Base, quoting the Chief of Police in Lorestan province, “the defendant, in cooperation with two of his friends, kidnapped a person in Kuhdasht in 2003. Police identified them and arrested his collaborators, but he was able to escape. Four years later, police arrested and took him to the judiciary officials.”


No information is available on the trial.


The charges against Mr. Ehsan G. were announced as “shooting at people’s houses, assault and battery, robbery, acts incompatible with chastity, destruction of public transportation, creating public insecurity, and deprival of public peace” (Police Information Base). Based on the report of Jomhuri Eslami, here “acts incompatible with chastity” refers to “sodomy.”

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 Islamic Republic authorities have brought trumped-up charges against their political opponents and executed them for alleged 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

According to the Chief of Police in Lorestan, “The defendant possessed two side arms, a Kalashnikov and a grenade, when he was arrested.” According to the Jomhuri Eslami newspaper, “the defendant had a previous criminal record including shooting, hooliganism, and sodomy.”


No information is available on his defense.


The court called Mr. Ehsan G. “at war with God” and a “corruptor on earth” and condemned him to death. The court did not clarify which charge resulted in the capital punishment. He was hanged in public in Keshavarzi Square in Kuhdasht (Lorestan province) on December 15, 2007. In the report of this ruling, it is not clear whether or not the case was referred to and confirmed by the Supreme Court.

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