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One Person’s Story

Mohammad Sa'id A.


Age: 34
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: December 20, 2007
Location of Killing: Sepidan, Fars Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Mohammad Sa’id A. was published on the websites of the Khabar-e Jonub newspaper on December 22, and the Fars Provincial Court on December 25, 2007, quoting the Public Relations Office of the Fars Provincial Court.

Arrest and Detention

There is no specific information on the defendant’s arrest and detention.


This trial took place in Branch One of Sepidan Court (Fars Province).


Mr. A. was charged with “murder and burning the victim’s body.”

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 defendant was his “confession”.

International human rights organizations have repeatedly condemned the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran for its systematic use of severe torture and solitary confinement to obtain confessions from detainees and have questioned the authenticity of confessions obtained under duress. In the case of political detainees, these confessions are, at times, televised. The National Television broadcasts confessions during which prisoners plead guilty to vague and false charges, repent and renounce their political beliefs, and/or implicate others. Human rights organizations have also pointed to the pattern of retracted confessions by those prisoners who are freed.


No information is available on the defense.


The court condemned Mr. Mohammad Sa’id A. to death and the ruling was confirmed by Branch 27 of the Supreme Court, Branch 15 of the Supreme Court Recognition, and the Head of the Judiciary. He was hanged in public in Sepidan on December 20, 2007.

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