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One Person’s Story

Monireh Qasempur


Age: 23
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Married


Date of Killing: July 11, 2004
Location of Killing: Qazvin, Zanjan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder

About this Case

The news of the execution of Ms. Monireh Qasempur was published on the websites of the Sharqnewspaper on August 9, and also theIrannewspaper on July 13, 2004.

Arrest and detention

According to theIrannewspaper, when the body of a 78-year-old man was discovered in his bathroom on February 15, 2001, the police began investigating and suspected the victim's daughter-in-law. They interrogated the 27-year-old woman.


According to theSharqnewspaper, the defendant was tried in Primary Court.


The charge against the defendant was given as "murdering her Father-in-law."

Evidence of guilt

According to theIrannewspaper, the defendant confessed to her crime.

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. In the case of political detainees, these confessions are, at times, televised. The National Television Station broadcasts confessions during which prisoners plead guilty to vague and false charges, repent and renounce their political beliefs, and/or implicate others. Human rights organizations have also pointed to the pattern of retracted confessions by those prisoners who have been freed.


In her defense, the defendant stated that her motivation for committing the crime was her father-in law’s tormenting her and interfering in her life.


According to theSharqnewspaper, the Primary Court condemned the defendant to death and the Supreme Court confirmed the ruling. She was executed in Qazvin Central Prison on July 11, 2004.

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