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One Person’s Story

Mahmud Kazemi


Age: 23
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: September 16, 2004
Location of Killing: Dezful, Khuzestan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Armed robbery
Age at time of alleged offense: 22

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Mahmud Kazemi was reported in Iran Newspaper and Kayhan Newspaper on September 18, 2004.  His case has to do with two counts of murder and armed robbery.

Arrest and detention

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


According to available information, Mr. Kazemi was tried twice. However, no information is available on his trial.


The charges brought against Mr. Kazemi were “two counts of murder, armed robbery, inciting fear and intimidation, and highway robbery” (Kayhan Newspaper).He was accused of shooting and killing a man during a motorcycle theft in 2003 and also of killing the driver of a Peykan. 

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. Kazemi was “his confession”. During the proceedings leading up to his trial, he confessed to also having killed the driver of a Paykan. Subsequently, the implementation of the sentence was postponed.

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. Kazemi’s defense.


The court of the city of Dezful condemned Mr. Kazemi to death by hanging. He was executed in Dezful on September 16, 2004.

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