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One Person’s Story

Amir Sardeha’i


Age: 24
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Single


Date of Killing: June 9, 2014
Location of Killing: Tabriz Prison, Tabriz, Azarbaijan-e Sharqi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder
Age at time of alleged offense: 17

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Amir Sardeha’i, quoting an attorney, was published on the website of Gunaz.tv on June 10, 2014 and, along with another person, on the website of Oyannews on June 13, 2014.

According to the existing information, his case was related to a murder in 2007 when Mr. Sardeha’i was 17 years old. (Gunaz.tv)

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.

Arrest and detention

Mr. Sardeha’i was detained for seven and a half years in Tabriz Prison (Oyannews). The circumstances of his arrest and detention are not known.


Branch 12 of the Criminal Court of Azarbaijan-e Sharqi tried Mr. Sardeha’i. No information is available on his trial.


The charge brought against Mr. Sardeha’i 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.  International human rights organizations have drawn attention to reports indicating that the Islamic Republic authorities have brought trumped-up charges, including drug trafficking, sexual, and other criminal offences, against their opponents (including political, civil society activists, as well as unionists and ethnic and religious minorities). 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 and executed 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 Mr. Sardeha’i.


Mr. Sardeha’i was less than 18 years old at the time of the committed crime. No information is available on his defense.


Branch 12 of the Criminal Court of Azarbaijan-e Sharqi condemned Mr. Amir Sardeha’i to death. The Supreme Court confirmed the ruling in 2010. He was hanged at the Tabriz Prison yard on June 9, 2014.  

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