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One Person’s Story

Hossein Shahid


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: September 22, 1997
Location of Killing: Khorasan\Khorasan-e Razavi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Hossein Shahid and six others was published in the Kayhan newspaper and on the website of the Hamshahri newspaper on September 23, 1997.

Arrest and Detention

According to the Hamshahri newspaper, the defendant, after escaping the Miandoab prison (West Azarbaijan province), was arrested by the security forces of Ferdos (South Khorasan province) and handed over to the judicial officials.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


The charge against Mr. Hossein Shahid was announced as "drug trafficking."

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 Islamic Republic authorities have brought trumped-up charges against their political opponents and executed them for alleged drug trafficking, sexual, and other criminal offences. Thousands of alleged drug traffickers have been sentenced to death following judicial processes that fail to meet international standards. Scores of them were executed based on a 1989 law imposing mandatory death sentences on drug traffickers found in possession of specified amounts of proscribed narcotics (5 kg of hashish or opium, and more than 30 grams of heroin, codeine or methadone). The exact number of people convicted based on trumped-up charges is unknown.

Evidence of Guilt

According to the Hamshahri newspaper, the defendant had 57.5 kilograms of narcotics in his possession when arrested.


No information is available on Mr. Hossein Shahid's defense.


The court condemned Mr. Hossein Shahid to death as a "corruptor on Earth" and, after the ruling was confirmed by the Supreme Court, he was executed in public in Emam Khomeini square of Ferdos on September 22, 1997.

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