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One Person’s Story

Mehdi A.


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: December 25, 2016
Location of Killing: Central Prison (Chubin Dar), Qazvin, Qazvin Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder

About this Case

The execution of Mehdi A. was reported by Young Journalists’ Club on December 25, 2016, and also by Velayate e Qazvin Newspaper on December 27, 2016.

Arrest and detention

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


Branch 2 of Qazvin Criminal Court tried Mr. Mehdi A.


The charge brought against Mr. Mehdi A. was “murder by assault and battery, leading to death”.

Evidence of guilt

The published reports of this case indicate that there was a witness to this crime (assault and battery).


No information is available on Mr. Mehdi A.’s defense in court.  However, the prosecutor of Branch 2 of Qazvin Province Criminal Court found the defense presented by the defendant and his lawyer “inadmissible”.

According to available information, the victim in Mr. Mehdi A.’s case was killed during an altercation.  A woman had accused Mr. Mehdi A.’s brother of raping her.  Her relatives had captured this man, without legal authority, “to take him to the police station”.  Instead, they took him to his family.  According to news sources, an altercation ensued, leading to “verbal abuse, assault, and battery with a knife”.  One of the people who had captured Mr. A. later died in hospital from his injuries.


Mr. Mehdi A. was sentenced to death by hanging (retaliation for taking a life) by Branch 2 of Qazvin Province Criminal Court.  The appeal filed by Mr. Mehdi A. and his lawyer was rejected by Branch 7 of the Supreme Court.  The head of the Judiciary also approved the death sentence.  According to the wishes of the family of the victim, Mr. Mehdi A. was executed at dawn, on December 27, 2016, in the Qazvin Central Penitentiary.  The hanging was attended by the deputy prosecutor of Qazvin, the assistant public prosecutor for carrying out sentences in Qazvin (?), the Head of the Central Penitentiary of Qazvin, and the family of the victim.

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