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One Person’s Story

Hossein Ali Yusefi


Age: 23
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: July 30, 2003
Location of Killing: Qasr Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Hossein Ali Yusefi, along with another person, was published in the E’temad and Iran newspapers on July 31, 2003.

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of Mr. Yusefi’s arrest and detention are not known.


Branch 1608 of the Tehran Court tried Mr. Yusefi. No information is available on his trial.


The charge brought against Mr. Yusefi was announced as “murder.” According to the media reports, he had murdered his fiancé by blows of a knife in July of 2001.   

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. Yusefi was his “confession.” The victim’s parents rejected his statements during the trial and told the court that he had murdered their daughter to avenge her decision not to marry him.

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 during the trial, Mr. Yusefi stated that he had a suspicion about his fiancé and when she denied it, he killed her during a fight.


The court condemned Mr. Hossein Ali Yusefi to death and the Supreme Court confirmed the ruling. He was hanged at the Qasr Prison in Tehran on July 30, 2003.  


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