Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

for Human Rights in Iran

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One Person’s Story

B. H.


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: February 25, 2003
Location of Killing: Ahvaz, Khuzestan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Armed robbery

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. B. H., along with another defendant of the same case, was published in the Jomhuri Eslami and Ettela’at newspapers on February 26, 2003. According to the existing information, his case was related to an armed robbery from a jewelry store in Ahvaz in September of 2002. According to the Ettela’at newspaper, this case was one of the speediest cases in Ahvaz judiciary history.

Arrest and detention

Mr. B. H. was arrested between September of 2002 and February of 2003. The circumstances of his arrest and detention are not known.


No information is available on Mr. B. H.’s trial.


The charge brought against Mr. B. H. was announced as “armed robbery.” He was accused of attacking a jewelry store at Salman-e Farsi Street in Ahvaz, along with two other defendants, and stealing 3 kilograms of gold in September of 2002. (Ettela’at newspaper)

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

According to the Information Head of Khuzestan Courthouse, firing 45 shots resulting in injuries to the store owner and a police agent were in evidence presented against Mr. B. H.


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


A court condemned Mr. B. H. and the other defendant to death and the Supreme Court confirmed the ruling. He was hanged, along with the other defendant, in public at Salman-e Farsi Intersection in Ahvaz on February 25, 2003 in the morning. The third defendant of this case was condemned to 10 years imprisonment. (Jomhuri Eslami newspaper)


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