Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

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One Person’s Story

Hossein B.


Age: 24
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: March 4, 2006
Location of Killing: Qazvin, Qazvin Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Rape
Age at time of alleged offense: 24

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Hossein B. was announced by the websites of the Police Center of Information (March 4, 2006), Jam-e Jam (March 5, 2006), and Khabar-e Jonoub (March 6, 2006). Additional information on this case was obtained from Kayhan daily (June 1, 2006). Mr. Hossein B. was 24, and his case is related to a rape in the city of Qazvin in 2005.

Arrest and Detention

Mr. Hossein B. was arrested by agents of the Police Force in the city of Qazvin in 2005. According to the available information, after covering his face with a sock, he had entered a beauty salon for women; however, when the manager of the salon identified him, Mr. Hossein B. had been forced to flee the place. The police forces were informed of the situation and immediately attended the area and arrested Mr. Hossein B. He spent less than a year in prison.


Mr. Hossein B. was tried by Branch Three of the Public Court of Qazvin. However, there is no information available on the details of the session or sessions of Mr. Hossein B.’s trial.


Mr. Hossein B. was charged with “rape.” 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 complaints of the victims, the confessions of the accused, the report of the agents of the Police Force of Qazvin Province, and two previous records of rape” were entered as evidence of guilt against Mr. Hossein B. 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.


There is no information available on the details of Mr. Hossein B.’s defense.


Branch Three of the Public Court of Qazvin sentenced Mr. Hossein B. to death. The verdict was approved by the Supreme Court. Mr. Hossein B. was hanged in the city of Qazvin on March 4, 2006.

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