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One Person’s Story

Kahim Rakhshani


Nationality: Afghanistan
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: June 16, 2001
Location of Killing: Zabol, Sistan Va Baluchestan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Beheading
Charges: Rape

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Kahim Rakhshani, son of Najib from Afghanistan, was published on the website of the Kayhan newspaper (June 19, 2001) and Jomhuri Eslami newspaper (June 18, 2001).

Arrest and Detention

Zabol security forces arrested Mr. Rakhshani. There is no deails available on his arrest and detention.


Branch Four of Zabol General Court tried Mr. Rakhshani. Details of his trial is not available. 


Mr. Rakhshani was charged with “illegal entry, armed robbery, kidnapping, disrupting public order, and 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 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

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


No information is available about the defense.


The court condemned Mr. Kahim Rakhshani to death for rape. He was also condemned to imprisonment for other charges. The ruling was confirmed by the Supreme Court and he was beheaded in public at Shahrbani intersection in Zabol (Sistan and Baluchestan province) on June 16, 2001.

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