Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

for Human Rights in Iran

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One Person’s Story

Kheydan Gholamipur


Age: 35
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Islam (Shi'a)
Civil Status: Married


Date of Killing: January 12, 2004
Location of Killing: Qoran Square, Ilam, Ilam Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder

About this Case

The news of the conviction and execution of Mr. Kheydan Gholamipur, son of Namdar, was published on the websites of Sharq newspaper on January 13, 2004 and Jomhuri Eslami newspapers on November 30, and December 2, 2003. Additional information about this case was provided to the Abdorrahman Boroumand Center via an electronic form by a person familiar with his case (e-form November 7, 2017).

He was born in 1968/69 in Miyantanghe Malakshahi. He had a high school diploma, was married and had two sons and two daughters. He was a member of Kordestan democratic party.

Arrest and detention

The Jomhuri Eslami newspaper quotes Public Relation of Ilam’s Prosecution Office: "After the murder of eight pilgrims from Nishabur in Rekovaz Malekshahi on September 13, 2003, two people, identified as Kheydan Gholamipur and Bani Salehi, were arrested and charged immediately." There is no more information about this arrest in the papers.


According to the media reports, Mr. Gholamipur was tried at the Criminal Court of Ilam province, as well as Ilam’s Public and Revolutionary Court. His death sentence was confirmed by the Supreme Court.


The charges against Mr. Gholamipur were announced as "murder, Moharebe (fighting), and Mofsed (corruptor on earth)."

The validity of the criminal charges brought against Mr. Gholamipur  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’s authorities have brought trumped-up charges against their political opponents and subsequent execution for drug trafficking, sexual, and other criminal offences. Each year, Iranian authorities sentence hundreds of alleged common criminals to death, following judicial processes that fail to meet international standards. The exact number of people convicted based on trumped-up charges is unknown.

Evidence of guilt

The report of this execution contains no evidence provided against Mr. Gholamipur.


No information is available on Mr. Gholamipurs defense.


Based on the court decision and the confirmation of the Supreme Court, Mr. KHeydan Gholamipur was condemned to eight counts of execution in public. On the morning of January 12, 2004, he was hanged in the Qoran Square of Ilam in presence of the victims' families.

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