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One Person’s Story

Sa'id Afshar

About

Age: 25
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown

Case

Date of Killing: July 3, 2013
Location: Gohardasht Prison, Karaj, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Unknown charge
Age at time of offense: 15

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Sa’id Afshar, along with seven others of which only 3 names are known, was published on the website of the Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran on July 4, 2013. Additionally, news of the execution of 25 individuals with only four names was published on the websites of HRANA (Human Rights Activists News Agency) and the Iran Human Rights Organization on July 3, 2013.

Mr. Afshar is among these individuals whose names was not mentioned. According to these reports, 4 individuals were from the Gohardasht Prison and the other 21 from the Qezelhesar Prison. The official media in Iran did not report these executions. According to the existing information, Mr. Afshar was single, and less than 18 years old at the time of the committed crime.

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

According to the Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran, Mr. Afshar was arrested when he was only 15 and was detained for more than 10 years. He had been detained in Section 3 of the Gohardasht Prison in Karaj. The circumstances of his arrest and detention are not known.

Trial

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

Charges

According to the Iran Human Rights Organization, the charge brought against Mr. Afshar 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. Afshar.

Defense

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

Judgment

Mr. Sa’id Afshar was hanged, along with three others, in the Gohardasht Prison yard on July 3, 2013 in the morning. 

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