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One Person’s Story

Hadi Palani


Age: 18
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Single


Date of Killing: August 25, 2014
Location of Killing: Central Prison (Dizelabad), Kermanshah, Kermanshah Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder
Age at time of alleged offense: 15

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Hadi Palani was published on the website of Kurdpa News Agency on August 26, 2014. According to the existing information, his case was related to the murder of his classmate at the Tapeh Darabkhan Village near Sar-e Pol-e Zahab in Kermanshah during a fight.

Mr. Palani was only 15 when the crime was committed and less than 18 years old at the time of his execution.

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

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


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


The charge brought against Mr. Palani was announced as “murder.” The court charged him with the murder of his classmate at the Tapeh Darabkhan Village near Sar-e Pol-e Zahab during a fight.

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. Palani.  


Mr. Palani was under 18 when the crime was committed. No information is available on his defense.


The court condemned Mr. Hadi Palani to death. Following the rejection by the victim’s family to pardon him, Mr. Palani was hanged at Dizelabad Prison in Kermanshah on August 25, 2014. No specific information is available about this execution.

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