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One Person’s Story

Mohammad Reza M.


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Single


Date of Killing: March 7, 2007
Location of Killing: Evin Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Mohammad Reza M., along with four others, was published on the E’temad and Javan newspapers on March 8, 2007.   Additional information regarding this case has been collected from the websites of the Hamshahri newspaper (August 3, 2005), the Iran newspaper (August 10, 2005), the Sharq newspaper (August 3, 2005 and May 15, 2006), and the Abrar newspaper (May 15, 2006). andMr. Mohammad Reza M. was single and 50 years old. His case was related to the murder of a 49-year-old man in a Photo Studio, in the Falake Dovom in Fardis (Karaj) on September 3, 2004.Arrest and Detention

Mr. Mohammad Reza M. was arrested by the Officers from the Fardis Police station on September 3, 2004. He was interrogated by the Branch 19 of the prosecution office of Karaj the day after he was arrested.

On the day of the incident, Mr. Mohammad Reza M. , while his face was wounded and in blood, panicky went down the stairs of a shopping mall in Falake Dovom in Fardis (Karaj) and told people on the street that there had been a murder in the Photo Studio. Since nobody paid attention to him, he contacted the police and claimed that he had killed his old friend.

There is also another version of Mr. Mohammad Reza M.’s arrest published in some media which indicates that people saw a man fleeing with bloody appearance at the Falake Dovom in Fardis (Karaj). They reported it to the police and the defendant was arrested subsequently. 


The judge and his four assistant at the Branch 74 of the Criminal Court of Tehran Province tried Mr. Mohammad Reza M. on August 02, 2005. There is no further information available on the details of his trial.


The charge against Mr. Mohammad Reza M. was announced as "premeditated murder."

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

According to reports, the evidence presented against the defendant was his “confession”, the murdered body in blood in the photo shop, some murder tools such as a plaster night lamp (or vase), photography cutter, a kettle, some yarn in the mouth of the murdered, a belt, and Mr. Mohammad Reza’s hands and face that were injured as a result of fight with the murdered. According to the statement by the representative of the Public Prosecutor’s Office, the defendant was sent to the forensics office and the report confirmed no insanity of the defendant at the time if the crime. (Abrar newspaper) 

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 the case of political detainees, these confessions are, at times, televised. The National Television broadcasts confessions during which prisoners plead guilty to vague and false charges, repent and renounce their political beliefs, and/or implicate others. Human rights organizations have also pointed to the pattern of retracted confessions by those prisoners who are freed.


In his defense, Mr. Mohammad Reza M. emphasized that he had no intention of killing the murdered. He continued by saying that: “the victim owed me 2.4 million Tomans for a car I had sold him in 2003. I had tried several ways including sending intermediators to get my money back but did not succeed”.  He had once field a complaint against him but could not defend his claim. On the day of the incident, he was determined to get his money back.  “I was tired wanted to get my money.”(E’temad – Javan) “I had asked him several times and sent many intermediators but he never paid attention. That money was all I had”. (Hamshahri)Mr. Mohammad Reza M. Continues that when I went to him and asked for my money, he threatened me and told me angrily not go to his shop anymore. I was frustrated and angry. A fight broke up between us which resulted to him being killed. Mr. Mohammad Reza M. had no criminal background.


The court condemned Mr. Mohammad Reza M. to death and the ruling was confirmed by Branch 26 of the Supreme Court. He was hanged in the Evin prison yard on March 7, 2007.

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