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One Person’s Story

Salim K.


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: May 27, 2015
Location of Killing: Mashhad, Khorasan\Khorasan-e Razavi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: War on God; Armed robbery

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Salim K., along with two others, was published in the Iran newspaper on May 28, 2015, Fars news agency on May 27, 2015, the Khorasan newspaper on May 28, 2015, and the Reporters’ Club on May 27, 2015. Additional information was taken from the Khorasan newspaper and the website of the Khorasan-e Razavi General Courthouse on May 26, 2015. Mr. Salim K., a resident of Mashhad, was a wiring worker. His case and the cases of two other defendants were related to several carjacking and robberies from jewelry stores between 2004 and 2011. 

Arrest and detention

Mr. Salim K. was arrested by inspectors of the Intelligence Police in Khorasan-e Razavi in Mashhad in the fall of 2011. According to the police commander in Mashhad, he was identified and arrested during a coordinated operation among various divisions of police (Iran newspaper on May 28, 2015). The circumstances of his arrest and detention are not known.


Branch Eight of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Mashhad tried Mr. Salim K. and the other two defendants in the presence of their attorneys and in several sessions (Khorasan-e Razavi General Courthouse). No information is available on his trial.


According to the Revolutionary Public Prosecutor of Mashhad, the charges brought against Mr. Salim K. and the other two defendants were collectively announced as “Moharebe [fighting against God] by committing armed robberies resulting in murder, creating public insecurity, and public fear and intimidation.” (Khorasan-e Razavi General Courthouse)        

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. Salim K. was “several combat rifles, some handmade explosive belts, and explosives,” in addition to the defendants’ “confessions.” According to the Police Commander in Mashhad, the defendants confessed to committing 12 armed robberies from jewelry stores in Mashhad and a robbery from a financial institution during interrogation. (Iran newspaper, May 28, 2015)

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. Salim K.’s defense. However, his attorney objected the ruling.


Branch Eight of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Mashhad identified Mr. Salim K. as Mohareb [fighter against God] and condemned him to death. Branch 42 of the Supreme Court confirmed the ruling and the Head of Judiciary validated it. He was hanged, along with two others, in public and in the presence of the Revolutionary Public Prosecutor of Mashhad, Police Commander in Mashhad, and the victims’ families at Moslem Street in the Gase-Sharqi quarter in Mashhad on May 27, 2015. 

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