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One Person’s Story

Khodadad Shahbakhsh


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: December 17, 2007
Location of Killing: Zahedan Prison, Zahedan, Sistan Va Baluchestan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Armed robbery

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Khodadad Shahbakhsh, along with another person, was published on the websites of Fars News Agency and Iscanews on December 17, 2007, quoting the Public Relations Office of the Systan and Baluchestan Provincial Court and the Islamic Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor's Office in Zahedan.      

Arrest and Detention

There is no specific information on Mr. Shahbakhsh’s arrest and detention.


No information is available about Mr. Shahbakhsh’s trial.  


The charges against Mr. Khodadad Shahbakhsh were announced as "Moharebeh (fighting) and corruption by participating in banditry and armed robbery."       

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. 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 based on trumped-up charges is unknown.

Evidence of Guilt

The report of this execution does not contain information regarding the evidence provided against the defendant.          


No information is available on the defendant's defense.


The court condemned Mr. Khodadad Shahbakhsh to death and the ruling was confirmed by the Supreme Judiciary Officials. He was hanged in the Zahedan prison yard on December 17, 2007.        

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