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One Person’s Story

Rahim Shahmohammadi


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: February 16, 2000
Location of Killing: Qasr Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder
Age at time of offense: 20

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Rahim Shahmohammadi was published in the Iran newspaper on February 17, 2000. His case was related to the murder of an 18-year-old man at Punak in Tehran during a street fight in September of 1997. 

Arrest and detention

The police arrested Mr. Shahmohammadi a few days after a murder took place in September of 1997. The circumstances of his arrest and detention are not known.


The Criminal Court of Tehran tried Mr. Shahmohammadi. No information is available on his trial.


The charge brought against Mr. Shahmohammadi was announced as “murder.” The court charged him with the murder of his friend by blows of a knife during a street fight at Punak in Tehran in September of 1997. According to the existing information, the fight took place over a financial dispute. No detailed information is available on his charges.

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. Shahmohammadi.


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


The Criminal Court of Tehran condemned Mr. Rahim Shahmohammadi to death for murder. He was hanged in the presence of the victim’s family in Qasr Prison on February 16, 2000 at dawn. No specific information is available about this execution.

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