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One Person’s Story

Qasem Aqsami


Age: 36
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Single


Date of Killing: September 8, 2004
Location of Killing: Karaj, Alborz Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Rape
Age at time of alleged offense: 34

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Qasem Aqsami, along with another person, was reported in E’temad Newspaper, Iran Newspaper (September 9, 2004), Kayhan Newspaper, and the Office of Prisons Website (September 11, 2004). Additional information was found in Iran Newspaper (September 9, 2003 and August 25 and 26, 2004), and Kayhan Newspaper (August 26, 2004). He was a native of Gilan. After separating from his wife, he had been living with his two children. His case, along with those of four other people, has to do with the kidnapping, rape, and assault and battery of several women and young girls in 2002. 

Arrest and detention

Mr. Aqsami was arrested in Mohammad Shahr, Karaj along with two other people on October 17, 2002.  These three people had been pursued by police since July 6, 2002. Complaints had been lodged against them by the family of a girl who had been kidnapped and assaulted by these men. The Chief of Police of Karaj ordered several teams of detectives to find them. The detectives kept a few locations in Karaj under surveillance, and finally found a red car with three men and a woman passenger. After these individuals were apprehended, the judge at Branch 119 of the Criminal Court of Karaj ordered their pictures to be printed in newspapers. Several girls and young women recognized the men from their pictures. They went to the police station, identified the suspects, and reported that they had been assaulted by these men. The suspects then confessed, and two other people were also arrested as a result who then spent two years in jail.


Branch 119 of the Revolutionary and Public Court of Karaj tried Mr. Aqsami and the other men. This trial was carried out in several sessions, however no information is available on the details of this trial.


The charges brought against Mr. Aqsami were “assault and battery of women and young girls, four counts of kidnapping, and extortion with aggravated assault”.

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 against Mr. Aqsami was “confession of the suspects, complaints of the victims, identification of the suspects by the victims, and discovery of stolen jewelry”. In the preliminary stages of questioning, these men denied any kind of kidnapping and assault and battery of women. After being confronted by the victims, they confessed. According to the confessions of the suspects, they kidnapped the women under the guise of giving rides, threatened them with knives, and took them to deserted areas. They would steal their jewelry, rape them, and abandon them.  

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.


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


Branch 119 of the Revolutionary and Public Court of Karaj sentenced Mr. Qasem Aqsami to death by hanging for assault and battery of women and young girls and 23 years in prison and 60 lashes for four counts of kidnapping and extortion with assault and battery. This sentence was approved by the Supreme Court. He was executed on the morning of September 8, 2004. He was hung from a crane in public in Mehr Shahr, Karaj. The first defendant, Parviz Khaleghi was hung from a crane in public on August 25, 2004 in Hesarak, Karaj. The third defendant, Mr. Hossein Hasanvand, was sentenced to death by public hanging for assault and battery of women and young girls and 15 years prison and 50 lashes for kidnapping and four counts of robbery with aggravated assault. The fourth defendant was sentenced to 99 lashes in public and 5 years prison in a distant location for illicit relations, and 16 years in prison and 50 lashes for two counts of robbery with assault and battery. The fifth defendant was sentenced to one year of prison and 30 lashes for participating in one count of kidnapping and robbery with assault and battery.

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