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One Person’s Story

Hamid Khezrji


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: September 29, 2004
Location of Killing: Ahvaz, Khuzestan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Armed robbery

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Hamid Khezrji was reported in Kayhan Newspaper (October 14, 2004) and according to the Office of Information and Public Relations of the Ministry of Justice of the Province of Khuzestan Jomhuri-ye Islami Newspaper (October 2, 2004).  His case has to do with armed robbery.

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of Mr. Khezrji’s arrest and detention are not known.


The Public Court of the Province of Khuzestan tried Mr. Khezrji. No information is available on his trial.


The charges brought against Mr. Khezrji were “armed robbery, assault, and causing injury” (Kayhan 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.  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 evidence given against Mr. Khezrji was “17 counts of armed robbery and several counts of assault and bodily injury” (Kayhan Newspaper).

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. Khezrji’s defense.


The Public Court of Khuzestan condemned Mr. Khezrji to death by hanging.  This sentence was approved by the Supreme Court. He was executed by public hanging in Golestan Boulevard, Koodak Square, in Ahvaz on Wednesday, September 29, 2004. 

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