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One Person’s Story



Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: August 6, 2003
Location of Killing: Qasr Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Corruption on earth

About this Case

News of the execution of an unknown man, along with four others, all members of a gang known as Jamileh, was published in the E’temad newspaper on August 6, 2003. Additional information was taken from the Jamejam newspaper on April 24, 2002, and the Iran newspaper on April 22, 25, and 27, 2002.

According to the existing reports, a half-dead man was found in a deserted area around Varamin in 1999. The police investigation showed that he was a member of a gang named Jamileh whose members had been sought by the police for sometimes. Following an internal dispute, the other members of the gang tied the man with rope and harassed him. They took him to a desolated area to burn him. However, they were unsuccessful due to the traffic. Confession of this unnamed man resulted in the identification of all gang members including their leader.           

Arrest and Detention

According to the Iran newspaper on April 25, 2002, quoting the case judge, the confession of a member of this gang, motivated by internal conflicts, in 1999 resulted in the arrest of the defendant and other gang members.  


Branch 15 of Imam Khomeieni Public Court in Tehran tried this man and other members of the gang in August of 2001. No further information is available on the trial.  


The charges against the defendant and some other members of the gang were collectively announced as "stealing about one Billion Tumans worth of gold, diamond, travelers’ checks, and cash from banks and people in Tehran and other cities.” According to the media reports, these individuals identified banks’ clients and gold sellers in Tehran Bazaar and other cities. Then, they committed armed robberies and purse-napping. They had records for sedition, extortion, purse-napping, and armed robbery in most cities and several countries around the Persian Gulf. 

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 the defendant and some other members of the gang were collectively reported as “having a record for several criminal convictions and over 200 complaints by plaintiffs.”  


No information is available on the defendant's defense.


The court identified the defendant and 11 other members of the gang as Mohareb (fighters against God) and condemned him to death. The Supreme Court confirmed the ruling. The defendant and four other members of the gang were hanged at the Qasr Prison in Tehran on April 25, 2002.  

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