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One Person’s Story

Iraj Nasiri


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


Date of Killing: December 18, 2013
Location of Killing: Orumieh Prison, Orumieh, Azarbaijan-e Gharbi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder
Age at time of alleged offense: 15

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Iraj Nasiri, along with two others, was published on the websites of HRANA (Human Rights Activists News Agency), Kurdpa News Agency on December 19, 2013, and, along with 17 others, on the website of Mukrian news agency on December 18, 2013. He was single, from Chaldaran in Azerbaijan-e Gharbi.His case was related to a murder that had happened when he was younger than 18 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

According to the Mukrian news agency, Mr. Nasiri was arrested when he was 15 and was detained for six years. The circumstances of his arrest and detention are not known.


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


According to HRANA, the charge brought against Mr. Nasiri 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. Nasiri.


No information is available on Mr. Nasiri’s defense.


Mr. Iraj Nasiri was hanged, along with two others, in the Orumieh Central Prison yard on Wednesday December 18, 2013. 

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