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One Person’s Story



Nationality: Afghanistan
Religion: Unknown
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: November, 2002
Location of Killing: Qom, Markazi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder; Disrupting public order; Armed robbery

About this Case

News of the execution of an unknown person, along with two others, was published on the website of Khorasan newspaper on November 6, 2002. This individual was an Afghan citizen.

Arrest and detention

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


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


The charges brought against the defendant were announced as “murder, armed and unarmed robberies, disturbing internal security, and creating fear and intimidation.”

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.  


No information is available on the defendant’s defense.


The Islamic Revolutionary Court of Qom condemned the defendant to death and the Supreme Court confirmed the ruling. The defendant was hanged, along with two others, in public in Qom in November of 2002. No specific information is available about the exact date and details of this execution.

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