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One Person’s Story


Age: 26
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: March 1, 2007
Location of Killing: Ardebil, Ardebil Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Homosexual rape; Murder

About this Case

News of the execution of an unknown man was published on the websites of the Jomhuri Eslami newspaper and ISCA News on March 1, 2007 and the Khabar-e Jonub newspaper on April 5, 2007.

Arrest and Detention

According to the Khabare Jonub newspaper, a young man went to the Ardebil Police department and complained about a stench in his yard. Police investigated and discovered the body of a thirteen year old boy buried in the yard. He had been dead for 35 days. The body was transferred to the Coroner’s Office and an autopsy showed that the boy was suffocated. After investigation and interrogation, the same young man was charged as the prime suspect of this case.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


The charge against the defendant was announced as “murder.” According to the Khabare Jonub newspaper, the defendant kidnapped, molested, and murdered a boy who was on his way to school. He wanted to bury the body in the wilderness around Ardebil; however, he was unable to find a suitable place and buried the body in his own yard.

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 were his “confession”, a taxi paper found in the burial place, the fact that he worked in a taxi service, and a recovered lost shoe of the victim when recreating the crime scene.

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 the defense.


The court condemned this defendant to death and the ruling was confirmed by the Supreme Court. He was hanged in public in Ardebil on March 1, 2007.

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