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One Person’s Story

Hassan Gholami


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


Date of Killing: March 2, 2014
Location of Killing: Shiraz, Fars Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder
Age at time of alleged offense: 14

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Hassan Gholami, son of Gholam, was published on the websites of Fedaghnews, the official popular website of the Fedagh Rural District, on March 2 and 3, 2014, and Larestannews on March 3, 2014.

He was from the Khalili Village in Fars province. His case was related to the murder of his uncle during a fight in 2006, when Mr. Gholami was only 14 years old.

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

Mr. Gholami was detained for 7 years in various prisons in Shiraz. The circumstances of his arrest and detention are not known.


No information is available on Mr. Gholami’s trial.


The charge brought against Mr. Gholami was announced as “murder.”  

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 report of this execution did not provide any specific information on the evidence presented against Mr. Gholami.


Mr. Gholami was less than 18 when arrested. No information is available on his defense.


Mr. Hassan Gholami was hanged in Shiraz on March 2, 2014. The execution took place without informing his family. After the execution, his family was contacted to receive the body in Shiraz. They took the body from Shiraz to the Khalili Village for burial.     

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