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One Person’s Story

Sa'id S.


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: March 15, 2004
Location of Killing: Central Prison, Ahvaz, Khuzestan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Sa’id S. was published in the Jomhuri Eslami newspaper on March 16, 2004, quoting the Public Relations Office of the Khuzestan Courthouse. His case is related to the murder of an individual.  

Arrest and detention

The Intelligence Police agents of the Seviseh Station in Ahvaz arrested Mr. Sa’id S. The circumstances of his arrest and detention are not known.


Mr. Sa’id S. was tried in the Khuzestan province. No information is available on his trial.


According to the Public Relations Office of the Khuzestan Courthouse, the charge brought against Mr. Sa’id S. was announced as “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.  

Evidence of guilt

The evidence presented against Sa’id S. was “testimony of the victim’s parents, recovery of the body by fishermen,” and his “confession.” After fighting with his brother-in-law, he hit him on the head with an iron bar resulting in his death. Then he buried the body in the garden of his house. But because of the stench, he covered the body in a cloth and threw it into the Karun River after two days.

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. Sa’id S.’s defense.


A court condemned Mr. Sa’id S. to death and the Supreme Court confirmed the ruling. He was executed at the Ahvaz Prison yard on March 15, 2004 at 7 a.m. 

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