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One Person’s Story

Gholam Shahki (Bani Shahakzehi)


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: May 8, 2001
Location of Killing: Jomhuri Eslami Square, Esfahan, Esfahan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug possession; Drug related offense

About this Case

News of execution of Mr. Gholam Shahaki (Bani Shahakzehi), son of Mir Ahmad, was published on Iran newspaper on May 20, 2001 and Jomhuri Eslami Newspaper on May 19, 2001.

Based on the available information, Mr. Shahaki’s case was related to drug charges.

Arrest and detention

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


Islamic Revolutionary Court of Esfahan tried Mr. Shahakik but there is no further information available on the details of his trial.


The charges brought against Mr. Shahaki was announced as “carrying, buying, selling, and distributing drugs”.

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 Islamic Republic authorities have brought trumped-up charges against their political opponents and executed them for alleged drug trafficking, sexual, and other criminal offences. 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 evidence brought against Mr. Shahaki was pronounced as his criminal records. (Iran Newspaper)


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


Islamic Revolutionary Court of Esfahan sentenced Mr. Gholam Shahaki (Bani Shahakzehi) to death and this sentence was approved by the Supreme Court.

Mr. Shahaki (Bani Shahakzehi) was hanged in public in Jomhuri Eslami Square in Esfahan in the morning of May 08, 2001.

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