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One Person’s Story

Shamseddin Orujnejad


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: December 16, 2015
Location of Killing: Central Prison, Tabriz, Azarbaijan-e Sharqi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Shamseddin Orujnejad, on December 16, 2015, was reported by Kurdistan Human Rights Network website.  Mr. Orujnejad was a resident of Julfa, in Eastern Azarbayjan.  His case was related to murder.

Arrest and detention

Mr. Orujnejad spent three years in Tabriz Central Prison.  The circumstances of Mr. Orujnejad’s arrest and detention are not known.


No information is available on this defendant’s trial.


The charge brought against Mr. Orujnejad was “murder in the first degree”. There is no information available on the details of the charges. 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 does not contain information regarding the evidence providedagainst the defendant.


No information is available on Mr. Orujnejad’s defense.


Mr. Shamseddin Orujnejad was sentenced to death by hanging (retaliation for taking a life). He was executed on Wednesday, December 16, 2015, in the Tabriz Central Prison.  There is no detailed information on the verdict leading to this execution.

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