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One Person’s Story

Kazem Nasiri


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Single


Date of Killing: July 26, 2004
Location of Killing: Karaj, Alborz Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder; Armed robbery

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Kazem Nasiri was published in the Iran newspaper on July 27, 2004. Additional information was taken from the Ettela’at newspaper on November 20, 2001, and Iran and Sharq newspapers on July 26, 2004. His case was related to the murder of a 22-year-old student at Manzarieh in Karaj on October 19, 2001, and shooting and injuring a woman. 

Arrest and detention

Mr. Nasiri was arrested at Raja’ishahr in Karaj on December 5, 2002. According to the existing information, in November of 2002 the judge of Branch 35 of the General Court in Karaj issued a statement, published in newspapers, with Mr. Nasiri’s picture and specifications demanding the public for help revealing his hiding place. On the day of his arrest, a resident of Raja’ishahr contacted police, reporting that an armed young man was residing in the guard chamber of a construction site. After he was arrested, the defendant introduced himself as Zaynal; however, police inspectors identified him as Mr. Nasiri based on his case (Ettela’at newspaper). He had been arrested for robbery several months earlier but had escaped during his transfer from courthouse to prison. He was detained for two years and five months.  


Branch 119 of the Criminal Court in Karaj tried Mr. Nasiri. No information is available on his trial.


The charges brought against Mr. Nasiri were announced as “murder, participation in an armed robbery, assault and battery, possession of an illegal weapon, and creating intimidation and fear in Karaj and Fardis.”   

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 presented against Mr. Nasiri was “complaint by the victim’s family, the defendant’s confession, identical bullets used to shoot his ex-girlfriend and the student, recovery of the student’s body, and having a record for robbery.”

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.


During an interview, Mr. Nasiri stated that he was in love, wandering the streets, and was in a bad way (Iran newspaper on July 27, 2004). During his interrogation, he also stated that he was in love with a girl and intended to marry her. However, she married someone else. Then, he went to the girl’s home, armed, in order to convince her to escape with him. Instead he shot and injured the girl. In addition, during the carjacking, he did not intend to kill the driver. He only wanted to threaten him but was forced to shoot. Finally, he claimed that he was a lover and not a murderer. (Iran newspaper on July 26, 2004)


Branch 119 of the Criminal Court in Karaj condemned Mr. Kazem Nasiri to death, 18 months’ imprisonment, and 50 lashes. Branch 27 of the Supreme Court confirmed the ruling. He was hanged in public and in the presence of the Sentence Enforcement judge, the representative of the Karaj Courthouse, the Deputy Public Prosecutor, Assistant Public Prosecutor of Branch One of Sentence Enforcement, forensics, the Chief of Police in Fardis, the victim’s family, and the defendant’s mother at Oshaq Square in Fardis, Karaj, on July 26, 2004 in the morning.   


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