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One Person’s Story

Selah Mahmudi Guylani


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: June 24, 2006
Location of Killing: Orumieh Prison, Orumieh, Azarbaijan-e Gharbi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Selah Mahmudi Guylani was announced by the website of Akhbar Rooz (June 25, 2006). Additional information on this case was obtained from Human Rights Organization of Kurdistan, RMMK (December 28, 2005; January 3, 2006) as well as the website of Radio Farda (December 30, 2005).

Mr. Mahmudi Guylani was a farmer from the village of Guylan in the suburbs of Sardasht. His case pertains to the murder of a Ministry of Intelligence agent, with the assistance of two others, in 1996.

Arrest and Detention

Mr. Mahmudi Guylani was arrested in 1996 and spent ten years in prison. However, there is no information available on the details of his arrest and detention.


Mr. Mahmudi Guylani was tried by a court in West Azarbaijan Province. There is no information available on the details of the session or sessions of his trial.


Mr. Mahmudi Guylani and two others were charged with “murder.”

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

There is no information available on the details of the evidence entered against Mr. Mahmudi Guylani.


There is no information available on the details of Mr. Mahmudi Guylani’s defense.


Mr. Selah Mahmudi Guylani was sentenced to death. The verdict was approved by the Supreme Court. Mr. Mahmudi Guylani was hanged in Orumieh Prison on Sunday, June 24, 2006. His two accomplices, Mr. Masoud Shouki and Mr. Aziz Khallakani, were also hanged, respectively on January 1, 2006 and December 18, 2005.

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