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One Person’s Story

Javad Hadadi


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: October 25, 2001
Location of Killing: Qasr Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Javad Hadadi, along with two others, was published in the Iran newspaper on October 25, 2001. Additional information was taken from the Hamshahri and Ettela’at newspapers on June 6, 2000. His case was related to the murder of a young man near the Hemat Highway in Tehran in January of 1999.

Arrest and detention

Mr. Hadadi was identified and arrested in Qazvin following an investigation into the murder of a young man and confession of the victim’s wife. The circumstances and date of his arrest and detention are not known.


Branch 1603 of the Criminal Court in Tehran tried Mr. Hadadi. No information is available on his trial.


The charge brought against Mr. Hadadi 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 the Islamic Republic authorities have brought trumped-up charges, including drug trafficking, sexual, and other criminal offences, against their opponents (including political, civil society activists, as well as unionists and ethnic and religious minorities). 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 and executed based on trumped-up charges is unknown.

Evidence of guilt

The evidence provided against Mr. Hadadi was his confession and the confession of the victim’s wife. According to the Hamshahri newspaper report, Mr. Hadadi confessed that he had committed the crime because of his feeling for the victim’s wife. During her interrogation, the victim’s wife stated that she married her husband because of her family’s wishes. Since she did not like her husband, she and Mr. Hadadi, who had been acquainted in a park some time earlier, planned to lure the victim to the Hemat Highway where Mr. Hadadi killed him with blows of a knife.

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. Hadadi’s defense.


The court condemned Mr. Javad Hadadi to death and 99 lashes. The Supreme Court confirmed the ruling. He was hanged at the Qasr Prison yard in Tehran on October 24, 2001. The victim’s wife, the second row defendant of this case, was condemned to 15 years imprisonment and 99 lashes for participation in murder. 

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