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One Person’s Story

Mehdi Esma'ili


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


Date of Killing: February, 2010
Location of Killing: Karaj, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Mehdi Esma’ili was published on the website of HRANA (Human Rights Activists News Agency) on March 7, 2010.

Arrest and Detention

There is no specific information on the defendant’s arrest and detention. According to the report, Mr. Mehdi Esma’ili had been imprisoned in Andarzgah Five at Raja’ishahr prison in Karaj for seven years, since he was 19 years old.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


The charge against Mr. Mehdi Esma’ili was announced as "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 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 did not provide any specific information on the evidence presented against the defendant.


No information is available on the defendant's defence.


The court condemned Mr. Mehdi Esma’ili to death and he was hanged at Raja’ishahr prison in Karaj in late February of 2010. Mr. Mehdi Esma’ili was 26 years old.

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