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One Person’s Story

Amir Hossein Karimi


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: April 17, 2002
Location of Killing: Qasr Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Amir Hossein Karimi, along with two others, was published in the Iran newspaper on April 18, 2002.  

Arrest and detention

According to the report, with the cooperation of the victim’s father Mr. Karimi was arrested on February 24, 2001, ten days after committing the crime. The circumstances of his arrest and detention are not known. He was detained for 53 days.


The Criminal Court of Tehran tried Mr. Karimi. No information is available on his trial.


The charge brought against Mr. Karimi was announced as “murdering his cousin.”

The validity of the criminal charges brought against this defendant cannot be ascertained in the absence of the basic guarantees of a fair trial.

Evidence of guilt

The evidence provided against Mr. Karimi was his “confession.”

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.


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


The Criminal Court of Tehran condemned Mr. Amir Hossein Karimi to death and the Supreme Court confirmed it. The ruling was carried out at the Qasr Prison yard when he was hanged on April 17, 2002 at 4 a.m. 

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