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One Person’s Story

Qasem Hosseini


Age: 19
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Single


Date of Killing: April 10, 2000
Location of Killing: Qasr Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder
Age at time of offense: 17

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Qasem Hosseini, along with four others, was published in the Hamshahri newspaper on April 11, 2000.

Arrest and Detention

The circumstances of Mr. Hosseini’s arrest and detention, and whether he had an attorney, are not known. 


No information is available on Mr. Hosseini’s trial, except that Branch 1608 of the Criminal Court of Tehran investigated this case. 


The charge against Mr. Hosseini was announced as "murder.” According to the Hamshahri newspaper, Mr. Hosseini and two other individuals went to a house to commit robbery, where he killed the property owner by stabbing him with a knife on July 14, 1998.

Since Mr. Hosseini was 19 years old when executed in 2000, it is apparent that he had been under 18 years of age when committing the crime.    

International laws have strictly prohibited capital punishment against those who were under the age of 18 at the time of committing a 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 offense committed before the age of eighteen.

Evidence of Guilt

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


No information is available on Mr. Hosseini's defense.    


The court condemned Mr. Qasem Hosseini to Qesas (the death penalty), and Branch 26 of the Supreme Court confirmed the ruling. He was hanged at the Qasr prison yard on April 10, 2000.


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