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One Person’s Story

Mas'ud Hava'eji


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: April 16, 1997
Location of Killing: Qasr Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Unspecified execution method
Charges: Murder

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Mas’ud Hava’eji, along with two other individuals, was announced in the Kayhan newspaper on April 16, 1997.

Arrest and Detention

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


No information is available on the defendant’s trial other than it took place in Branch 35 of the Public Court.


The charge against Mr. Mas’ud Hava’eji was announced as “murder.” According to the Kayhan newspaper, on March 16, 1995 the burned body of a man was found by neighbors on South Andisheh Street. With the presence of the police and a special judge, it was disclosed that the victim was murdered in another place and his body set ablaze.

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

The evidence provided against the defendant was his own “confessions” and a case in Karaj Public Court about his dispute with the victim. During the investigation, the victim’s wife said that her husband was in the currency exchange business, and had a dispute with the defendant.

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. Hava’eji’s defense.


The court condemned Mr. Mas’ud Hava’eji to death and, after the ruling was confirmed by the Supreme Court, he was executed at Qasr prison (Tehran) on April 16, 1997.

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