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One Person’s Story

Shah Karam Orkideh


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim


Date of Killing: May, 1985
Location of Killing: Karaj, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Unspecified execution method
Charges: Unspecified offense; Murder; Armed robbery

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Shah Karam Orkideh was reported in the Kayhan daily on May 13, 1985.

Arrest and detention

He was arrested on September 25, 1984 when intending to commit armed robbery with 5 other robbers. No further information is available regarding the circumstances of this defendant’s arrest and detention.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


According to this report, Mr. Orkideh was charged with “9 counts of armed robbery in Karaj and its suburb, the first-degree murder of Kamel Afghani, terrorizing people, disrupting the society, and establishing an armed-robbery gang.”

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. Orkideh’s defense.


The Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Karaj sentenced Mr. Shah Karam Orkideh to death. He was executed in Karaj.

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