Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

for Human Rights in Iran

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One Person’s Story

Rasul Shohlibor


Age: 45
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Islam (Sunni)
Civil Status: Married


Date of Killing: July 22, 2017
Location of Killing: Iranshahr Prison, Iranshahr, Sistan Va Baluchestan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug possession
Age at time of offense: 40

About this Case

Abdorrahman Boroumand Center (ABC) obtained the news of Mr. Rasul Shohlibor’s execution through an interview with one of his acquaintances. Further information on this case was obtained by ABC through this interview as well as from the website of the Baluchi Activists’ Campaign (retrieved on July 21, 2017).

Mr. Rasul Shohlibor, 45, son of Seyyed Mohammad, was a Sunni citizen from Sistan and Baluchestan. He was married but had no children. He was self-employed and had no criminal record.

This case pertains to drug-related offenses.

Arrest and Detention

According to an acquaintance who was interviewed by ABC, Mr. Shohlibor was arrested in his house for a bag that belonged to a house guest, the contents of which he did not know.

Mr. Shohlibor was imprisoned in Iranshahr Prison for six years. The agents told Mr. Shohlibor to contact his family members on July 21, 2017 and arrange a last meeting with them. He met all his family members during that session. According to the Baluchi Activists’ Campaign, the prison authorities moved Mr. Shohlibor to the quarantine in a solitary cell on the same date.


There is no information on the trial proceedings.


Mr. Shohlibor was charged with “transporting narcotics.” There are no details available regarding the charge.

It is to be noted that where even the minimum of proper conditions for a fair trial are not met in Iran, and where the accused is refused a fair trial, ascertaining the nature of the crimes attributed to the accused is very difficult. International organizations that defend human rights have noted reports that indicate the authorities of the Islamic Republic of Iran sometimes falsely attribute crimes such as trafficking narcotics or sexual abuse to dissidents, including political, civil rights, syndicalist, or ethnic or religious minorities’ rights activists, and then execute them along with other criminals. Every year hundreds are sentenced to death in Iranian courts; however, the number of the people who are executed on such grounds is not clear.

Evidence of Guilt

The bag in Mr. Shohlibor’s house was used as evidence against him. No information is available regarding the contents of the bag, and it is not clear whether it contained narcotics or not.

International organizations defending human rights have repeatedly accused the Islamic Republic of Iran for its use of harsh systematic torture and solitary confinement to extract confessions from prisoners, and questioned the confessions that were extracted from the accused under duress.


According to the acquaintance who was interviewed by ABC, Mr. Shohlibor did not know what was in the bag. Mr. Shohlibor was not allowed to use the services of a defense lawyer. No information is available on Mr. Shohlibor’s defense during the court proceedings.


According to an individual with knowledge of the case, Mr. Shohlibor was sentenced to six or seven years of imprisonment; he was hanged in Iranshahr Prison nonetheless.

Since Mr. Shohlibor met his family for the last time on July 21 and was then moved to the quarantine in a solitary cell, it is probable that he was executed on July 22, 2017.

According to an acquaintance, Mr. Shohlibor’s family members face difficult circumstances following his execution and face financial ruin.

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