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One Person’s Story

Mohammad Hassan Bari


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: October 21, 2009
Location of Killing: Evin Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Mohammad Hasan Bari, along with four other people, was reported by the ISCA News Website, on October 21, 2009.  Additional news has been gathered from Human Rights Activists for Democracy in Iran Website (October 20, 2009), and ISCA News Website (August 30, 2008).

According to available information, Mr. Bari lost his father when he was 2 years old, and his mother remarried.  Mr. Bari’s step-father was an addict, and his mother divorced her second husband.  A few years later, she married her landlord.  This man was also an addict, and he abused her.  Mr. Bari had left home because of his second step-father’s abusive behavior.  On the day of the incident, Mr. Bari’s mother had called him, complained about her husband’s abuse, and asked him to help her.

Mr. Bari’s case was related to domestic violence, resulting in his step-father’s murder.  

Arrest and detention

According to available information, in the evening of May 6, 2007, police officers arrested Mr. Bari, fifteen days after the crime had been committed.  Precinct #147, Golbarg, Tehran, had received a phone call, reporting the murder of Mr. “Hossein Kh.”, in his home.  Mr. Bari was identified and arrested in a machine shop in Qeshm, following the police investigation (ISCA News, August 30, 2008).  There is no other information about the circumstances of his arrest and detention.


Section 71 of the Criminal court of Tehran put Mr. Bari on public trial.  The trial was attended by four judges and his court-appointed counsel (ISCA News, August 30, 2008).  No information is available on this trial.


Section 71 of the Criminal Court of Tehran, accused Mr. Bari of “murder in the first degree”.  According to available information, he was accused of going to his step-father’s home, when his mother and Mr. “Hossein Kh.” (his step-father) had been quarreling.  He had confronted his step-father, killed him with blows from a knife, and fled the scene of the crime (ISCA News, August 30, 2008). 

Evidence of guilt

According to available information, Mr. Bari’s confession was the basis for the verdict handed down by the court.  During the police investigation, Mr. Bari confessed to killing his step-father.  Additional evidence was provided by the local investigation carried out by the Section 10 Homicide Department of Tehran Police (ISCA News, August 30, 2008 and October 21, 2009).


According to available information, Mr. Bari had gone to defend his mother.  Her husband, Mr. “Hossein Kh.” was abusing her, and in the ensuing scuffle, Mr. Bari lost control, and killed his step-father (ISCA News, August 30, 2008).

Mr. Bari’s court-appointed lawyer, asked for a decreased sentence, in court.  Mr. Bari was 21, at the time of the crime(ISCA News, August 30, 2008).


Section 71 of the Criminal Court of Tehran sentenced Mr. Bari to “death by hanging”.  Section 37 of the Supreme Court approved his verdict.

Mr. Bari was executed on the morning of Wednesday, October 21, 2009, in Evin Prison, Tehran.

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