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One Person’s Story

Hassan Musavi


Age: 22
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Single


Date of Killing: April 22, 2008
Location of Killing: Central Prison (Dastgerd), Esfahan, Esfahan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder
Age at time of alleged offense: 19

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Hassan Musavi was published on the websites of Esfahan General Courthouse, quoting the Public Relations Office of the Esfahan Courthouse, Fars news agency, and Ebrat on April 22, 2008.

He was from Zarinshahr in Esfahan. His case was related to the murder of a 21-year-old man in the hills around the city in 2005.  

Arrest and detention

Mr. Musavi was arrested by the Intelligence Police shortly after the incident in 2005. The victim’s family went to the police after their son was missing for a long time. Police questioned the witnesses and, after recovering the body, arrested Mr. Musavi (Esfahan General Courthouse). He was transferred to the prison with a warrant and detained for three years (Ebrat website). The circumstances of his arrest and detention are not known.


Branch 17 of the Criminal and Appeals Court of Esfahan tried Mr. Musavi. A judge and four advisors were present during the trial (Ebrat website). No information is available on his trial.  


The charge brought against Mr. Musavi was announced as “murder.” According to him, the murder motive was an illegitimate relationship of the victim (Esfahan General Courthouse). However, according to another report, he committed the murder because he and the victim loved the same person. (Ebrat website)  

The validity of the criminal charges brought against this defendant cannot be ascertained in the absence of the basic guarantees of a fair trial.

Evidence of guilt

The evidence presented against Mr. Musavi was his “confession” and the complaint by the victim’s family (Esfahan General Courthouse). The recovery of the murder weapon and the victim’s body were also considered evidence against him. (Ebrat website)

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.


Mr. Musavi defended himself during the trial; however, no information is available on his defense. During the interrogation, he expressed regret. After the victim was injured, he intended to help him but was unsuccessful because he had no means. After he and his attorney objected to the court ruling, his case was referred to Branch 27 of the Supreme Court.   


Branch 17 of the Criminal and Appeals Court of Esfahan condemned Mr. Hassan Musavi to death on June 18, 2006. The Supreme Court and the Head of Judiciary confirmed the ruling. He was hanged in Esfahan Central Prison on April 22, 2008.   

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