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One Person’s Story

Abdolhamid Sekhavatian


Age: 28
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: August 21, 2013
Location of Killing: Jahrom, Fars Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder
Age at time of alleged offense: 15

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Abdolhamid Sekhavatian, known as Mehdi, was published on the websites of Fars Provincial Courthouse, IRNA (Islamic Republic News Agency), and the Central News Unit on August 21, 2013. Mr. Sekhavatian’s case was related to the kidnapping and murder of an individual, in collaboration with two others, near Jahrom in 2000. (IRNA)

Arrest and detention

According to the Revolutionary Public Prosecutor of Jahrom, Mr. Sekhavatian was arrested by Jahrom police several months after the murder incident in 2000. He was able to escape the prison after a while and was on the run for three years before being arrested again. (IRNA) The circumstances of his arrests and detention are not known. According to the Central News Unit report, Mr. Sekhavatian was 28 years old when executed. If this information is accurate, he had been 15 years old when arrested.

International laws have strictly prohibited capital punishment against those who were under the age of 18 at the time of committing the crime. As a party to the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Iran has the obligation to avoid capital punishment for an offence committed before the age of eighteen.


Branch 102 of the Criminal Court of Jahrom tried Mr. Sekhavatian and his two collaborators. No information is available on his trial.


According to the Revolutionary Public Prosecutor of Jahrom, the charge brought against Mr. Sekhavatian was announced as “murder.”        

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 evidence presented against Mr. Sekhavatian was his “confession” and the confession of his collaborators, being identified by a witness, and “recovery of the crime evidence.”

International human rights organizations have repeatedly condemned the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran for its systematic use of severe torture and solitary confinement to obtain confessions from detainees and have questioned the authenticity of confessions obtained under duress.


No information is available on Mr. Sekhavatian’s defense.


The court condemned Mr. Abdolhamid Sekhavatian to death. Branch 37 of the Supreme Court confirmed the ruling, and the Head of judiciary approved the public execution. He was hanged in public at Shahid Chamron Square in Jahrom on August 21, 2013.  According to the Fars Provincial Courthouse, another defendant of this case was condemned to 10 years imprisonment and 50 lashes for participation in murder, to an additional 15 years imprisonment for participation in kidnapping, to six months imprisonment and 50 lashes for robbery with harassment, and to another six months imprisonment for hiding the victim’s body. 

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