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One Person’s Story

Seyed Hashem Karani


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: May 7, 1987
Location of Killing: Shahrebani (police) Prison, Bakhtaran, Bakhtaran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder

About this Case

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Seyed Hashem Karani, along with another defendant, was reported in the Kayhan daily on May 7, 1987.

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of Mr. Karani’s arrest and detention are not known.


There is no information regarding this trial.


According to this report, Mr. Karani was charged with first-degree murder.

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.


No information is available concerning Mr. Karani’s defense.


Bakhtaran’s Penal Court sentenced Mr. Karani to death. Having been confirmed by the Supreme Judicial Council, the sentence was carried out in front of the victims’ next of kin (avengers of blood) in prison.

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