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One Person’s Story

Hassan J.


Age: 18
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: August 22, 2005
Location of Killing: Bandar Abbas, Hormozgan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Rape
Age at time of alleged offense: 17

About this Case

The news of the execution of Mr. Hassan J. and three other individuals was published in the web edition of the Jomhuri Eslami newspaper on August 20, 2005 and the Jamejam newspaper on August 22. Jamejam mentioned the age of the defendant to be 18 but his age at the time of the alleged crime is not known.

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 this defendant’s arrest and detention are not known. There is no date of arrest in the reports.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


According to the reports, the defendant was charged with “kidnapping and raping a 10 year old girl”.

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’s authorities have brought trumped-up charges against their political opponents and executed them for drug trafficking, sexual, and other criminal offences. 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 based on trumped-up charges is unknown.

Evidence of guilt

The report of this execution does not contain information regarding the evidence provided against the defendant.


No information is available on Mr. Hassan J.’s defense.


According to Jomhuri Eslami, the Bandar Abbas Revolutionary Public Prosecution court condemned Mr. Hassan J. to death. The verdict was approved by the Supreme Court. He was hanged in public on August 22, 2005.

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