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One Person’s Story

Mohammad Mohammadzadeh


Age: 21
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: January 25, 2004
Location of Killing: Ilam, Ilam Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder
Age at time of alleged offense: 17

About this Case

The news of the execution of Mr. Mohammad Mohammadzadeh was published on the websites of both the Sharq and theJomhuri Eslaminewspapers on January 26, 2004. According to the Jomhuri Eslaminewspaper, "Mohammad Mohammadzadeh, at the age of 17, murdered a 65-year-old man named Musa Azadi."

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 this defendant’s arrest and detention are not known.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


The deputy Public Prosecutor of Ilam announced the charge against the defendant as "murdering a 65 years old man in 1999."

Evidence of guilt

The evidence provided against the defendant was his confession to the murder due to “sexual issues.”

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 his defense, the defendant claimed "sexual issues" as his motivation for the murder.


The court condemned Mr. Mohammad Mohammadzadeh to death and the Supreme Court confirmed the ruling. He was hanged in Ilam prison on January 25, 2004.

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