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One Person’s Story

Ali Kazemi

About

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

Case

Date of Killing: January 30, 2018
Location of Killing: Central Prison, Bushehr, Bushehr Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder
Age at time of offense: 15

About this Case

He was a 15-year-old adolescent when he was arrested, and a young man of 22 at the time of his execution.

News of Mr. Ali Kazemi’s execution was published on the Amnesty International website (January 30, 2018) and by HRANA news agency (January 31, 2018). Additional information about this execution was obtained from the Iran Wire website (January 31, 2018).

Mr. Ali Kazemi, also known as Shahram, was 22 years old at the time of his execution.

Mr. Kazemi’s case is related to a murder that occurred in 2011 in the city of Bushehr. Mr. Kazemi was only 15 years old at the time. 

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.

Arrest and detention

Mr. Kazemi was arrested in early 2011. (HRANA and Amnesty International). No precise information is available regarding the date and circumstances of Mr. Kazemi’s arrest and detention.

Mr. Kazemi suffered from cardiac illness during the seven years of his incarceration. 

Mr. Kazemi was incarcerated at the city of Bushehr Central Prison for about seven years, during which he suffered from cardiac illness. (Iran Wire).

Mr. Kazemi’s last visitation with his family was on January 29, 2018. (Amnesty International).

Trial

No information is available about Mr. Kazemi’s trial session(s). According to Amnesty International, Mr. Kazemi was represented by an attorney.

Charges

The charge against Mr. Kazemi was stated to be “murder”.

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

When Mr. Kazemi’s sentence was carried out, several human rights and civil society organizations were still trying to get the victim’s family to forgive him and forego Qesas. 

According to available information, toward mid to late March 2011, Mr. Kazemi got into an altercation with another person over 2,000 Tumans of gas money. During the altercation, Mr. Kazemi stabbed the other individual with a knife, causing his death. (Iran Wire and Amnesty International).

There is no indication of what evidence was used against Mr. Kazemi at trial in the report of this execution. 

Defense

No information is available about the defense presented by Mr. Kazemi or his attorney in court. 

Judgment

Mr. Ali Kazemi was sentenced to death on the charge of murder. No information is available about the authority issuing the sentence.

Mr. Ali Kazemi was hanged at Bushehr Central Prison at noon on January 30, 2018. The sentence was carried out without Mr. Kazemi’s attorney and his family’s information and in their absence. (Amnesty International).

In the afternoon of January 29, 2018, Mr. Kazemi’s family was informed that there was a stay of execution in his case. Also, at 10 o’clock in the morning of January 30, 2018, Mr. Kazemi’s lawyer contacted his family to assure them that the execution had been stayed. Mid-day that same day, Mr. Kazemi’s family was informed that their son had been executed. (Amnesty International). Mr. Kazemi had been kept at the gallows from early morning until noon of the day he was hanged. (Iran Wire).

Mr. Kazemi was still alive for an hour after the hanging and died at the hospital. 

According to available information, Mr. Kazemi was alive for an hour after the sentence was carried out and died after he was taken to the hospital. (HRANA).

During Mr. Kazemi’s incarceration, human rights and civil society organizations inside and outside Iran made efforts to modify his sentence. One day before Mr. Kazemi’s execution, the Bushehr Prosecutor’s Office had promised civil society organizations active in the region that the execution would not be carried out while these organizations were engaged in efforts to obtain the murder victim’s family’s forgiveness to forego Qesas. (Iran Wire).

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