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One Person’s Story



Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: 2003
Location of Killing: Ramshir, Khuzestan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: War on God; Robbery; Murder

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Sadeq, without his last name, was published in the Jomhuri Eslami newspaper on August 25, 2003, quoting the Information and Public Relations Office of the Khuzestan Courthouse. His case was related to a carjacking and the murder of the car’s owner.

Arrest and detention

Mr. Sadeq was arrested by police when driving the victim’s car toward Ahvaz. Police first suspected the car and after searching it, they found a bloody knife and arrested Mr. Sadeq immediately. The circumstances of his arrest and detention are not known.


Branch Three of the General Court in Ramhormoz tried Mr. Sadeq. No information is available on his trial.


The charges brought against Mr. Sadeq were announced as “murder and robber.” According to the report, he had hired a taxi for Omidieh destination. On the way to Ramhormoz, he fought the driver, intending to carjack. After tying the driver’s hands and feet, he murdered him with blows of a knife.  

The validity of the criminal charges brought against this defendant cannot be ascertained in the absence of the basic guarantees of a fair trial.

Evidence of guilt

The evidence presented against Mr. Sadeq was announced as “recovery of the murder weapon, his confession, and other evidence.”

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.


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


Branch Three of the General Court in Ramhormoz identified Mr. Sadeq as Mohareb [fighter against God], and condemned him to death. The Supreme Court confirmed the ruling. He was hanged in public in Ramshir in 2003. No specific information is available about this execution.

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