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One Person’s Story

Karam Kalshi


Age: 48
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Married


Date of Killing: September 29, 2016
Location of Killing: Central Prison (Darya), Orumieh, Azarbaijan-e Gharbi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug related offense

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Karam Kalshi along with seven* other individuals was announced by the websites of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) and Center of Democracy and Human Rights in Kurdistan (Mafnews) on September 29, 2016. Additional information on this case was obtained from the websites of Iran Human Rights (September 29, 2016) and Kurdpa News Agency (February 4, 2013).

Mr. Kalshi, 48, was a Kurd who used to live in the Sepah Town of Orumieh (Kurdpa, February 4, 2013). He was married and had six children. Mr. Kalshi’s case pertains to crimes connected to narcotics.

Arrest and detention

Mr. Kalshi was arrested in Orumieh by the police force of Orumieh (Kurdpa, February 4, 2013). There is no information available on the details of his arrest and detention.


A court in Orumieh sentenced Mr. Kalshi to death in 2013 (Kurdpa, February 4, 2013). However, there is no information available on the details of the session or sessions of his trial.


Mr. Kalshi was charged with “purchase and sale of narcotics” (Kurdpa, February 4, 2013).

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

There is no information available on the details of the evidence of guilt entered against Mr. Kalshi.


According to an informed source, a person who was allegedly an agent of the Ministry of Intelligence placed a package in the care of Mr. Kalshi. The package contained six kilograms of narcotics. According to a person who knew Mr. Kalshi, he was not aware of the contents of the package (Kurdpa, February 4, 2013). There is no information available on the details of Mr. Kalshi’s defense.


Mr. Karam Kalshi was hanged along with seven other individuals in Orumieh Central Prison (Darya) on the morning of September 29, 2016 (HRANA and Mafnews, September 29, 2016).

There is no further information available on the details of this execution.


* Ms. Moluk Nuri, Messrs. Esma'il Ayubi Jarami, ‌Behnam Pirkuzadegan, Qader Mahmudi, Efendi Omari, Kret(Reza) Ebdalzadeh, and Farhad Maleki

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