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One Person’s Story

Hamid Kuhi


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


Date of Killing: February 16, 1997
Location of Killing: Qasr Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Hamid Kuhi and two other individuals was announced in the Kayhan newspaper on February 17, 1997.

Arrest and Detention

According to the Kayhan newspaper, the defendant was arrested as he was selling stolen goods.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


The charge against Mr. Hamid Kuhi was announced as “murder.” According to the newspaper report, he was a “custodian in a residential complex. He entered [a woman’s] apartment with the intention of robbing her and murdered her with stabs of a knife.”

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 Islamic Republic authorities have brought trumped-up charges against their political opponents and executed them for alleged 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

According to the report, the evidence provided against the defendant was “stolen goods and his own confessions”.

International human rights organizations have repeatedly condemned the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran for its systematic use of torture to obtain confessions from detainees and have questioned the authenticity of confessions obtained under duress.


No information is available on Mr. Hamid Kuhi’s defense.


The court condemned Mr. Hamid Kuhi to death and, after the ruling was confirmed by the Supreme Court, he was hanged in the presence of the secretary of the Special Complex for Executions, the Qasr prison warden, the victim’s family, and the forensic team on February 16, 1997.

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