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One Person’s Story

Rasul Sheikh


Age: 22
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim


Date of Killing: March 10, 1985
Location of Killing: Qasr Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Rasul Sheikh was reported in the Kayhan daily on March 11, 1985.

Arrest and detention

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


There is no information regarding this trial, other than it took place at Branch 135 of the Penal Court of Tehran.


Mr. Sheikh was charged with 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. The exact number of people convicted based on trumped-up charges is unknown.

Evidence of guilt

No information is available concerning the evidence presented against the accused.


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


Pursuant to the victim’s father’s complaint, Branch 135 of the Penal Court of Tehran condemned Mr. Rasul Sheikh to death; the Supreme Court approved the sentence. Mr. Sheikh was hanged on March 10, 1985 at Qasr prison in Tehran. He was 22 years old.

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