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One Person’s Story

Sa'id Sheikhi


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: 2000
Location of Killing: Khoramabad, Lorestan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Sa’id Sheikhi, along with three others, was published in the Kayhan newspaper on March 4, 2000. According to the Public Relations Office of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Lorestan, Mr. Sheikhi’s case was related, along with three other defendants, to drug trafficking.

Arrest and detention

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


Branch Two of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Khoramabad tried Mr. Sheikhi. No information is available on his trial.


The charge brought against Mr. Sheikhi and the other three defendants was announced as “widespread distribution of narcotics.”

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). 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

The report of this execution did not provide any specific information on the evidence presented against Mr. Sheikhi.


No information is available on Mr. Sheikhi’s defense.


Branch Two of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Khoramabad condemned Mr. Sa’id Sheikhi to death. The General Public Prosecutor confirmed the ruling and he was hanged, along with three others, at the Training Center of Parsilun Prison in Khoramabad in 2000

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