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One Person’s Story

Naser Batmani

About

Age: 22
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Single

Case

Date of Killing: December, 2006
Location: Sanandaj, Kordestan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder
Age at time of offense: 17

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Naser Batmani was published on the websites of the Human Rights Organization of Kurdistan and Iran Press News on January 1, 2007, quoting the same organization. He was 22 years old and from Kamyaran in Kurdistan. His case was related to the murder of an individual. Mr. Batmani was 17 years old at the time of the incident.

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.

In a detailed report regarding the execution of children and youth in Iran, Amnesty International objected to the execution of Mr. Batmani. (January 2, 2008)

Arrest and detention

After his arrest, Mr. Batmani was detained for five years. The circumstances of his arrest and detention are not known.  

Trial

No information is available on Mr. Batmani’s trial.

Charges

The charge brought against Mr. Batmani 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 report of this execution does not contain information regarding the evidence provided against Mr. Batmani.

Defense

Mr. Batmani was younger than 18 when the crime took place. No information is available on his defense.

Judgment

Mr. Naser Batmani was hanged in Sanandaj Prison in December of 2006. There is no information on the verdict leading to this execution.

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