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One Person’s Story



Age: 22
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Unknown
Civil Status: Single


Date of Killing: September 12, 2005
Location of Killing: Kazerun, Fars Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Rape
Age at time of alleged offense: 17

About this Case

News of the execution of an unknown individual was published in the Iran newspaper on September 13, 2005. This case was related to a rape in Kazerun in 2000. The defendant was only 17 when charged with the crime.   

International laws have strictly prohibited capital punishment against those who were under the age of 18 at the time of committing the crime. As a party to the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Iran has the obligation to avoid capital punishment for an offence committed before the age of eighteen.

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of the defendant’s arrest and detention are not known.


The defendant was tried in Fars province. No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


The charge brought against the defendant was announced as “rape.”        

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 report of this execution did not provide any specific information on the evidence presented against the defendant.


This defendant was younger than 18 when the murder took place. No information is available on the defendant’s defense.


The court condemned the defendant to death. He was hanged in public at Shohada Square in Kazerun on September 12, 2005 at 8 a.m. 

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