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One Person’s Story

Sa'id Moradi


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim


Date of Killing: November 12, 2007
Location of Killing: Kermanshah Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder; Robbery

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Sa’id Moradi, along with another person, was published on the websites of the Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA) and the Abrar newspaper on November 14, 2007. According to the reports, “Some masked robbers attempted an armed robbery from a goldsmith’s shop in Sahneh more than a year ago. In order to disperse people they started shooting which resulted in killing of a citizen. They then high-jacked a car and escaped the scene.”

Arrest and Detention

According to the media reports, “The security forces of Baneh in Kordestan province suspected a Maxima car and stopped it. After searching the car they found weapons and anesthesia spray. Finally, the occupants of the car confessed that they had previous records for robbery and murder.”


No information is available on the defendant’s trial. The trial took place in the Revolutionary Court of Sahneh (Kordestan province).


The charges against Mr. Sa’id Moradi and the other person who was arrested with him were announced as “three counts of murder, public intimidation, and several robberies.”

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 evidence provided against the defendants was “discovery of weapons and Anesthesia spray in their car and their own confessions.”


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


The court condemned Mr. Sa’id Moradi to death in public for being “an enemy of God” and a “corruptor on earth”. The ruling was confirmed by Branch 32 of the Supreme Court. He was hanged in Imam Khomeini Square in Sahneh on November 13, 2007 at 3 pm.

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