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One Person’s Story

Jamshid Soleimani

About

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

Case

Date of Killing: November 21, 2000
Location of Killing: Lorestan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder
Age at time of offense: 17

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Jamshid Soleimani was published in the Iran newspaper on November 22, 2000. His case was related to the murder of an individual at Darbgonbad in Kuhdasht during a fight over stealing a chicken and a rooster in 1998. According to the existing information, Mr. Soleimani was under 18 when the crime was committed.

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

Arrest and detention

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

Trial

Branch One of the Public Court of Kuhdasht tried Mr. Soleimani. No information is available on his trial.

Charges

The charge brought against Mr. Soleimani was announced as “murder.” According to the report, the court charged him with the murder of Mr. Cheragh’ali Safarpur during a fight at Darbgonbad in Kuhdasht in 1998. No detailed information is available on his charges.

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 authorities have brought trumped-up charges, including drug trafficking, sexual, and other criminal offences, against their opponents (including political, civil society activists, as well as unionists and ethnic and religious minorities). 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 and executed based on trumped-up charges is unknown.

Evidence of guilt

The report of this execution did not provide any specific information on the evidence presented against Mr. Soleimani.

Defense

No information is available on Mr. Soleimani’s defense. He was only 17 when the crime was committed.  

Judgment

Branch One of the Public Court of Kuhdasht condemned Mr. Jamshid Soleimani to death for murder. He was hanged in public at the Basij Square in Kuhdasht on November 21, 2000. No specific information is available about this execution.

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