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One Person’s Story



Age: 40
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Married


Date of Killing: August 10, 2001
Location of Killing: Evin Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Unspecified execution method
Charges: Rape

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Mika’il was published on the website of Nimruz on August 10, 2001. This case was related to kidnapping, rape, and attempted murder of a young woman. According to the report, Mr. Mika’il was a fortune-teller who deceived women and young girls and took them to his house.

Arrest and detention

According to the report, Mr. Mika’il was identified and arrested by police in 1997. His arrest was related to the kidnapping of a girl college student for three months and the recovery of her half-dead body in a ditch around Eslamshahr on July 6, 1997. The circumstances of his arrest and detention are not known.


The Public Court of Tehran tried Mr. Mika’il out of order. No information is available on his trial.


The charges brought against Mr. Mika’il were announced as “deceiving, imprisoning, harassing, and torturing young women.”

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 authorities have brought trumped-up charges, including drug trafficking, sexual, and other criminal offences, against their opponents (including political, civil society activists, as well as unionists and ethnic and religious minorities). 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 and executed based on trumped-up charges is unknown.

Evidence of guilt

The evidence presented against Mr. Mika’il was his “confession,” the confession of his wife, and the testimony of the victim. During his confession, he stated that he acted as a fortune-teller, befriended women who went to the shrine, and took them to his house.

International human rights organizations have repeatedly condemned the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran for its systematic use of severe torture and solitary confinement to obtain confessions from detainees and have questioned the authenticity of confessions obtained under duress.


No information is available on Mr. Mika’il’s defense.


The court condemned Mr. Mika’il to death and the Supreme Court confirmed the ruling. He was executed at the Evin Prison yard in Tehran on August 1, 2001.

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