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One Person’s Story

Hosein Butekan


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: April 25, 2002
Location of Killing: Kashan, Esfahan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Hosein Butekan was reported by the correspondent of the Jomhuri Eslami daily in Esfahan (web edition, April 28, 2002).

Arrest and detention

Based on a report from Esfahan's Security Command Center, quoted in the Jomhuri Eslami daily, the defendant was identified and arrested by the authorities 6 days after committing the crime. The circumstances of his arrest and detention remain unknown.


No information about the trial is provided.


Mr. Butekan was charged with murdering an 11-year-old child, Alireza Madkar, in January 25, 2001 in Kashan. Based on the report, the defendant had kidnapped the child in an attempt to extort money from his father, a friend of the defendant's. He had tied up the child, stuffed some cotton in his mouth to silence his screaming, and left to notify the child's father; but upon return, he had found the child suffocated.

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 mentioned that Mr. Butekan confessed to his crime, but the circumstances of obtaining his confession remain unknown.


No information is available on Mr. Butekan's defense.


The Second Branch of Kashan's Judiciary sentenced Mr. Butekan to retaliation (Qisas) for murder. After confirmation by the Supreme Court of the Country, the sentence was carried out 84 days after the defendant’s arrest, on a Thursday.

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