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One Person’s Story

Hossein Alimohammadi


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: November 18, 1997
Location of Killing: Shahrud, Semnan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Hossein Alimohammadi was announced on the website of the Hamshahri newspaper on November 19, 1997.

Arrest and Detention

The circumstances of this defendant’s arrest and detention are not known. According to the Hamshahri newspaper, the defendant, who was a fugitive after committing the crime, was later arrested.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial other than it took place in Branch Three of the Public Court in Shahrud (Semnan province).


The charge against Mr. Hossein Alimohammadi was announced as “three counts of murder.” According to the newspaper report, “the defendant was a friend of the victim’s family and a guest that night. During the night, he woke up and killed Majed Shahhosseini with stick. Then he approached the victim’s family who had woken up, killed two children and injured the wife and a two year old child, and escaped.”

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 reported against the defendant was 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. Alimohammadi’s defense.


The court condemned Mr. Hossein Alimohammadi to death and, after the ruling was confirmed by the Supreme Court, he was hanged in the presence of the victim’s family, the prison officials, and the security forces at Shahrud prison on November 18, 1997.

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