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One Person’s Story



Age: 66
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: February 17, 2015
Location of Killing: Central Prison (Vakilabad Prison), Mashhad, Khorasan\Khorasan-e Razavi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder
Age at time of alleged offense: 60

About this Case

News of the execution of an unknown 66-year old man was announced by Khorasan daily on February 18, 2015.

This case pertains to the murder of the geriatric uncle of this unknown man. According to the available report, the defendant and the victim became involved in a fight, on September 16, 2008, in a farming dispute over the irrigation of an orchard, which ended in the murder of the victim as a result of receiving a blows with a club.

Arrest and detention

This unknown man was arrested by the police after the putrefying corpse of his 82-year old uncle was discovered under stones in a farming area of a village near Ghoochan in November 2008. He spent six years in prison.


This unknown man was tried by Branch Seven of the Public Court of Khorasan Province in the course of a couple of sessions. However, there is no information available on the details of the sessions of this unknown individual’s trial.


The court charged this unknown individual with “murder.” He was accused of clubbing the victim to death during the fight and then burying his corpse under the stones.

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

According to the available information, the clear confessions of the defendant as well as the content of the case, including the report of the police agents and the coroner, were among the evidence that were entered against this unknown individual.

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.


The defense lawyer objected to the verdict issued by the court. However, there is no information available on the details of this unknown individual’s defense.


The court sentenced this unknown individual to death. His case was referred to Branch 11 of the Tribunal of Official Justice, but the issued verdict was validated there as well. This unknown individual was hanged in Mashhad Central Prison, in the presence of the judiciary authorities and the coroner, on February 17, 2015.

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