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One Person’s Story

Mohsen Ostad Kandi

About

Age: 20
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown

Case

Date of Killing: December 18, 2005
Location: Evin Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Mohsen Ostad Kandi was announced in the Ettala’at newspaper and the websites of the Iran and Hamshahri newspapers on December 18, 2005.

Arrest and detention

The exact date of Mr. Ostad Kandi’s arrest is not know. According to Hamshahri, his employer’s body was found and identified on April 10, 2003. Shortly after, the police summoned Mr. Ostad Kandi.

Trial

There is no information regarding this trial, other than it took place at Branch 1157 of the Criminal Court of Tehran.

Charges

Mr. Ostad Kandi was charged with murder.

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 evidence provided against Mr. Ostad Kandi was his own confession. The newspapers reported that he had confessed to having stolen from his employer’s shop, but the latter found out and demanded him to return the belongings, subsequently Mr. Ostad Kandi murdered him. The Iran newspaper quoted him saying: “While driving, I shot him five times.”

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 the case of political detainees, these confessions are, at times, televised. The National Television broadcasts confessions during which prisoners plead guilty to vague and false charges, repent and renounce their political beliefs, and/or implicate others. Human rights organizations have also pointed to the pattern of retracted confessions by those prisoners who are freed.

Defense

No information is available concerning the defense.

Judgment

The court condemned Mr. Mohsen Ostad Kandi to death and the Supreme Court confirmed this ruling. He was hanged at dawn on December 18, 2005 in Evin prison.

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