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One Person’s Story

Salman Khodayari


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: July 22, 2018
Location of Killing: Shirvan Prison, Shirvan, Khorasan\Khorasan-e Razavi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Salman Khodayari was reported by the Iran Human Rights Website, and HRANA – Human Rights Activists News Agency (July 23, 2018).  The official news agencies did not report on this execution,

Mr. Khodayari was from Borujerd, and his case is related to a murder that happened in 2012.

Arrest and detention

Mr. Khodayari was arrested in 2012, at the time of the incident, and he spent five years and eight months imprisoned in Borujerd and Shirvan. He was taken to solitary confinement on July 21, 2018.  The circumstances of his arrest and detention are not known.


No information is available on Mr. Khodayari’s trial.


The charge brought against Mr. Khodayari was “murder in the first degree”.  He killed someone during a tribal altercation.

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 provided against Mr. Khodayari.


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


Mr. Salman Khodayari was sentenced to death by hanging.  He was executed on Sunday, July 22, 2018, in the Shirvan Prison.

The family of the victim agreed to commute the death sentence in exchange for blood money, but inter-tribal problems precluded this arrangement.

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