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One Person’s Story

Morteza

About

Age: 38
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Married

Case

Date of Killing: April 16, 2015
Location: Gohardasht Prison, Karaj, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder
Age at time of offense: 35

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Morteza (without a last name), along with four others, was published on the websites of Jamejam on April 16, 2015, Javanonline on April 17, 2015, and the Iran Human Rights Organization on May 3, 2015. According to the existing information, he was married with children. His case was related to the murder of a pilot and his wife in Punak, Tehran, on May 6, 2012.  

Arrest and detention

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

Trial

The Criminal Court of Tehran tried Mr. Morteza. No information is available on his trial.

Charges

The charge brought against Mr. Morteza was announced as “murdering two individuals.” (Jamejam)

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

The evidence presented against Mr. Morteza was his “confession.” He stated that he had entered the victim’s house pretending to buy their car. Then he had tied their hands and feet and attacked them with a knife in order to prevent them from identifying him to the police.  

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.

Defense

No information is available on Mr. Morteza’s defense. However, he expressed regret in court and stated that he had committed the murder for robbery and he had lost his life. He also asked for forgiveness from the victim’s families.

Judgment

The Criminal Court of Tehran condemned Mr. Morteza to death (two counts) and Branch 27 of the Supreme Court confirmed the ruling. He was hanged, along with four others, at the Gohardasht Prison yard in Karaj on April 16, 2015.   

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