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One Person’s Story

Hossein Karamipur


Age: 21
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: August 13, 1987
Location of Killing: Ilam, Ilam Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Homosexual act; Murder

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Hossein Karamipur, son of Musa and born and residing in Ilam, was reported in the Kayhan daily on August 18, 1987.

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 he was tried at the Division One of the Penal Court of Bakhtaran (Kermanshah).


According to this report, Mr. Karamipur was charged with “sodomy and first-degree murder.”

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

According to the report, Mr. Karamipur had confessed to having committed the crimes.

International human rights organizations have repeatedly condemned the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran for its systematic use of severe torture and solitary confinement to obtain confessions from detainees and have questioned the authenticity of confessions obtained under duress. In the case of political detainees, these confessions are, at times, televised. The National Television broadcasts confessions during which prisoners plead guilty to vague and false charges, repent and renounce their political beliefs, and/or implicate others. Human rights organizations have also pointed to the pattern of retracted confessions by those prisoners who are freed.


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


The Penal Court of Bakhtaran (Kermanshah) condemned Mr. Karamipur to death and the Supreme Judicial Council approved the sentence. Mr. Hossein Karamipur was hanged in public on August 13, 1987 at Takhti Stadium in Ilam. He was 21 years old.

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