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One Person’s Story

Mohammad Hushmand


Age: 40
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: April 23, 2008
Location of Killing: Evin Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Mohammad Hushmand, along with four others, was published on the websites of Fars news agency, Iran newspaper, and Tehran-e Emruz on April 24, 2008, and on Iscanews on April 23, 2008. His case was related to the murder of a 45-year-old man during a robbery.

Arrest and detention

Mr. Hushmand had escaped after the murder but was arrested several months later (Fars news agency). The circumstances of his arrest and detention are not known.


Branch 71 of the Criminal Court of Tehran tried Mr. Hushmand (Fars news agency). No information is available on his trial.


The charge brought against Mr. Hushmand was announced as “murder.” (Tehran-e Emruz)       

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. Hushmand was his “confession.” (Iran newspaper)

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.


In his defense, Mr. Hushmand stated that his main motive was robbery and he only murdered the victim so as not to be identified by him (Fars news agency). No further information is available on his defense.


Branch 71 of the Criminal Court of Tehran condemned Mr. Mohammad Hushmand to death. Branch 42 of the Supreme Court confirmed the ruling. He was hanged, along with four others, at the Evin Prison yard in Tehran on April 23, 2008.   

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