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One Person’s Story

M. H.


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Unknown
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: February 17, 2008
Location of Killing: Central Prison (Vakilabad Prison), Mashhad, Khorasan\Khorasan-e Razavi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder

About this Case

News of the execution of a man named M. H., along with another person, was published in the Khorasan newspaper on February 19, 2008, and, without a name, in the E’temad newspaper and on the website of ISNA (Iranian Students News Agency) on February 17, 2008, quoting the Public Relations Office of the Khorasan-e Razavi Courthouse. His case was related to a murder.

Arrest and detention

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


Branch 133 of the Public Court in Mashhad tried Mr. M. H. His case was referred to Branch 16 of the Supreme Court after he and his attorney objected to the ruling. No information is available on his trial.


According to the existing reports, the charge brought against Mr. M. H. 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.  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). 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 and executed 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. M. H.  


No information is available on Mr. M. H.’s defense.


Branch 133 of the Public Court in Mashhad condemned Mr. M. H. to death. Branch 16 of the Supreme Court confirmed the ruling and his case was sent to the Sentence Enforcement Division of the Khorasan-e Razavi Courthouse. He was hanged, along with another person, at the Mashhad Central Prison yard on February 17, 2008 in the morning. 

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