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One Person’s Story

Mehdi Kazemnia


Age: 28
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: February 28, 2018
Location of Killing: Orumieh Prison, Orumieh, Azarbaijan-e Gharbi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Mehdi Kazemnia, son of Ali, along with four other people, was reported by the Human Rights Organization of Iran Website (March 5, 2018), and Kurdistan Human Rights Association Website, quoted from “Hangaw” Website (February 28, 2018).

Mr. Kazemnia was a 28-year-old-kord from Ilam.  His case was related to the death of a person from Haft Cheshmeh Village.

Arrest and detention

Mr. Kazemnia spent several years in prison. The circumstances of his arrest and detention are not known.


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


The charge brought against Mr. Kazemnia was “murder in the first degree”.  According to available information, he killed his friend from the village of Haft Cheshmeh, during an altercation.

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 does not contain information regarding the evidence provided against the defendant.


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


Mr. Mehdi Kazemnia was sentenced to death by hanging.  He was executed in Orumieh Central Prison, on Wednesday February 28, 2018.

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