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One Person’s Story

Hadi Sabokruh


Age: 21
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Single


Date of Killing: September 9, 2004
Location of Killing: Evin Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder
Age at time of alleged offense: 18

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Hadi Sabokruh, along with four others, was published in the Ettela’at newspaper and, along with five others, in the Hamshahri newspaper on September 9, 2004. Additional information was taken from the Sharq, Ettela’at, and E’temad newspapers on September 8, 2004. His case is related to the murder of an 18-year-old girl in Kianshahr in September of 2001.

Arrest and detention

Mr. Sabokruh was arrested several days after the body of a young girl was found in September of 2001. He was detained for three years (Sharq newspaper). According to another report, he went to Department 10 of the Intelligence Police and surrendered after another person was arrested by mistake (Hamshahri newspaper). The circumstances of his arrest and detention are not known.


Branch 1608 of the Criminal Court of Tehran tried Mr. Sabokruh. No information is available on his trial.


The charge brought against Mr. Sabokruh was announced as “murder.” He went to the victim’s house, pretending to talk, but murdered the young girl, robbed the place, and escaped. (Ettela’at newspaper)

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. Sabokruh was recovery of the victim’s body, testimony of the victim’s friends, and his own “confession.”

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. Sabokruh’s defense.


Branch 1608 of the Criminal Court of Tehran condemned Mr. Hadi Sabokruh to death. Branch 20 of the Supreme Court confirmed the ruling. He was hanged, along with two others, in the presence of officials, including the judge of Sentence Enforcement, at the Evin Prison yard in Tehran on September 8, 2004.

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