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One Person’s Story

Hassan Musavi


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


Date of Killing: June 3, 2002
Location of Killing: Malayer, Hamedan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Hassan Musavi was reported in the Jomhuri Eslami daily (web edition, June 05, 2002) and Iran daily (web edition, June 06, 2002) .

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of this defendant’s arrest and detention are not known.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial, except that it was held five months after the alleged crime.


Mr. Musavi was charged with murdering a man named Mohammad Rashidi. Reportedly, he had stolen Mr. Rashidi's car after murdering him in Ganjab, a village in the outskirts of Malayer.

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’s authorities have brought trumped up charges against their political opponents and executed them for drug trafficking, sexual, and other criminal offences. 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 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. Musavi's defense.


Mr. Musavi was sentenced to death as retaliation (Qisas) for murder at Malayer's Judiciary. The verdict was confirmed by the Supreme Court and approbated by the Head of Judiciary. He was hanged in public in Malayer's central square on June 03, 2002. The religious judge head of Malayer’s Judiciary commented before the sentence was carried out: "Public enforcement of certain sentences guarantees safety in the society, and we hope that punishments like this will teach a lesson to criminals and violators of the law."

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