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One Person’s Story



Age: 26
Nationality: Afghanistan
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Married


Date of Killing: April 16, 2015
Location of Killing: Gohardasht Prison, Karaj, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder
Age at time of alleged offense: 22

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Na’im (without a last name), along with four others, was published on the websites of Jam-e Jam 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 and an Afghan citizen. His case was related to the murder of his wife in Varamin on May 5, 2011. 

Arrest and detention

The Varamin police arrested Mr. Na’im. The circumstances of his arrest and detention are not known.


Branch 71 of the Tehran Criminal Court tried Mr. Na’im. No information is available on his trial.


The charge brought against Mr. Na’im was announced as “murdering his wife.” (Jam-e Jam and Javanonline)

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. Na’im was his “confession.” During his trial, he stated that his wife, huffing in anger, went to her father’s house on the day of the incident. He could not make her come back. Therefore, he became angry and attacked his wife and her family. (Jam-e Jam and Javanonline)

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.


No information is available on Mr. Na’im’s defense.


Branch 71 of the Tehran Criminal Court condemned Mr. Na’im to death 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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