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One Person’s Story

Abbas Qasemi


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Unknown
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: October 16, 2000
Location of Killing: Qom, Markazi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Abbas Qasemi was published in the Ettela’at newspaper on October 17, 2000.       

Arrest and Detention

There is no specific information on Mr. Qasemi’s arrest and detention.


No information is available on Mr. Qasemi’s trial.  


The charge against Mr. Qasemi was announced as "kidnapping several minor girls." The newspaper did not report any other information about the charge.       

Evidence of Guilt

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


No information is available on Qasemi's defense.    

A Summary of the Legal Defects in Mr. Abbas Ghassemi’s Case

The information is not complete regarding the present case. It is not clear what objectives the kidnapper pursued in carrying out the act and how he treated the little girl he kidnapped. It seems, however, that Mr. Abbas Qasemi was tried and sentenced to death on the charge of Moharebeh (“Waging war with God”) and Efsad fel-Arz (“Spreading corruption on Earth”). In Iranian courts, if kidnapping is armed kidnapping, has social consequences, and/or is accompanied with rape, the perpetrator is usually tried on the charge of Moharebeh and Efsad fel-Arz. If [the defendant in this case] had simply kidnapped the little girl, he should have been tried on the charge of kidnapping. Pursuant to Islamic Penal Code Article 621*, kidnapping carries a punishment of three to fifteen years of Ta’zir imprisonment, regardless of the objectives of the crime, and if the victim is under 15 years of age, the perpetrator will be sentenced to the maximum punishment, that is, 15 years.


The court condemned Mr. Abbas Qasemi to death. He was hanged in public at the Nobovat Square, in Qom, on October 15, 2000. 


*Article 621- Anyone who, whether personally or through someone else, forcefully or by resorting to threat or deception or any other means, abducts or conceals someone in order to blackmail or take revenge or for any reason, shall be sentenced to five to fifteen years’ imprisonment. If the victim is less than fifteen years old or if the abduction is carried out with a vehicle or if the victim is physically or sexually abused, the offender shall be sentenced to the maximum punishment provided; and if he has committed any other crimes he shall be sentenced to the relevant punishments as well.

Note- Attempted abduction is punishable by three to five years’ imprisonment.

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