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One Person’s Story

Abdolhaq Askani


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim


Date of Killing: May 21, 2007
Location of Killing: Sistan Va Baluchestan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Armed robbery

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Abdolhaq Askani, along with another person, was published on the websites of the Fars news agency on May 22 and the Jomhuri Eslami newspaper on May 24, 2007 quoting the Public Relations Office of the Sistan and Baluchestan Provincial Court.

Arrest and Detention

The circumstances of this defendant’s arrest and detention are not known.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


The charges against Mr. Abdolhaq Askani were announced as "participation in several armed robberies and roadblocks."

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. 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. The Fars news agency report indicated "proved guilty", but there is no reference to how or based on what evidence the defendant had been proved guilty.


No information is available on Mr. Askani's defence.


The court condemned Mr. Abdolhaq Askani to death and the Supreme Court confirmed the ruling. He was hanged in public in Saravan on May 21, 2007.

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