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One Person’s Story

Mehrdad Yusefi


Age: 18
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: May 29, 2001
Location of Killing: Iran
Mode of Killing: Fatal
Charges: Murder
Age at time of alleged offense: 16

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Mehrdad Yusefi, son of Shamsollah, was published in the Jomhuri Eslami newspaper on May 30, 2001, quoting the Head of Ilam Province Courthouse. Amnesty International also reported this execution among the executions of minors in October of 2002. According to this report, Mr. Yusefi was under 18 when he committed the crime.

According to the Jomhuri Eslami newspaper report, Mr. Yusefi was 16 years old at the time of committing the crime but was 18 when executed.

International laws have strictly prohibited capital punishment against those who were under the age of 18 at the time of committing the crime. As a party to the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Iran has the obligation to avoid capital punishment for an offence committed before the age of eighteen.

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of Mr. Yusefi’s arrest and detention are not known.


Branch Nine of the Ilam Public Court tried Mr. Yusefi. No information is available on his trial.


The charge brought against Mr. Yusefi was announced as “murder.” According to the Jomhuri Eslami newspaper report, he committed a murder with a knife during a fight in 1999.   

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 report of this execution did not provide any specific information on the evidence presented against Mr. Yusefi.


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


The court condemned Mr. Mehrdad Yusefi to death and the Supreme Court confirmed the ruling. He was hanged in the Ilam Central Prison on May 29, 2001. 

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