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One Person’s Story

Hamid Reza Alishahnejad


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: July 18, 2001
Location of Killing: Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder

About this Case

The news of the execution of Mr. Hamid Reza Alishahnejad and seven other individuals was published in the web edition of the Iran newspaper on July 19, 2001.

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of this defendant’s arrest and detention are unknown.


The newspaper report provides no specific information on the defendant’s trial, which took place sometime between September 26, 2000 (when the alleged crime took place), and the execution day. There is no information available on whether or not there was an appeal process or a Supreme Court decision.


According to the newspaper report, Mr. Alishahnejad was charged with “the first degree muder Kiumars lafi on September 26, 2000.”

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’s authorities have brought trumped-up charges against their political opponents and executed them for drug trafficking, sexual, and other criminal offences. 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 based on trumped-up charges is unknown.

Evidence of guilt

The report of this execution does not contain information regarding the evidence provided against the defendant.


No information is available on Mr. Shahnejad's defense.


No information is available on the details of this judgment. According to the newspaper report, Branch 1601 of theTehran Criminal Court condemned Mr. Shahnejad to death and he was hanged on July 18, 2001 at dawn.

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