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One Person’s Story

Qasem Seyedi


Age: 43
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: October 11, 2004
Location of Killing: Mashhad, Khorasan\Khorasan-e Razavi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder

About this Case

The news of the execution of Mr. Qasem Seyedi (Seyed Hashem) was published in the Etela'at and theIrannewspapers as well as the websites of the Keyhan on October 5, and theSharqon October 13, 2004.

Arrest and detention

According to the Keyhannewspaper report, a full week after the murder was committed, no one knew about it. Then, one of the victim's relatives went to his house, discovered the body and informed the police. The police investigation began with relatives of the victim. Qasem Seyedi was a relative and did not participate in the victims' mourning, so the police suspected him. He quickly left town, but in short order the police found and arrested him.


This defendant’s trial was held in Mashhad Branch 53. Based on the media reports, it is unknown if the case was referred to a higher court.


The charges against the defendant were announced as "murdering four members of a family on March 15, 2004." According to the Keyhannewspaper report, Qasem Seyedi (also known as Seyed Hashem) went to the house of his relative named Jalal 'Alameh in order to cash a 200 thousand Tomans (about $220) check. The victim's wife and two children were present, but quickly left the house. After their exit, an argument broke out between the victim and the defendant. The defendant killed the victim with a kitchen knife and when the wife and children came back home, he killed them as well. Then he turned on the gas and escaped.

Evidence of guilt

According to the media report, the defendant confessed to the murder.

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.


According to the Etela'atnewspaper report, the defendant said he went to the victim’s house to retrieve a check. When the victim refused to return the check, the defendant killed him with the kitchen knife.


The court condemned Mr. Qasem Seyedi to four counts of Qesas (death sentence). The ruling was executed in the presence of the victim's family as well as other onlookers in Madar Square of Mashhad on October 12, 2004.

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