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One Person’s Story

Mahmud A.


Age: 33
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: January 15, 2007
Location of Killing: Qom, Markazi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Unspecified offense; Acts incompatible with chastity

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Mahmud A. was published on the website of Fars news agency on January 15, 2007.

Arrest and Detention

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


No information is available on the defendant’s trial. This trial took place in Branch 6 of the Criminal Court of Qom.


The charges against Mr. Mahmud A. were announced as "kidnapping and acts incompatible with chastity." According to Fars news agency, "He had deceitfully kidnapped a twenty year old man last year."

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 report of this execution does not contain information regarding the evidence provided against the defendant. The Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor of Qom did not offer any explanation or details of the deceitful kidnapping of a twenty year old man.


No information is available on Mr. Mahmud’s defense.


The court condemned Mr. Mahmud A. to death and Branch 27 of the Supreme Court confirmed the ruling. He was hanged in Shahid Mahalati Square of Qom on January 15, 2007.

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