03 May 2019 :
IHR can confirm information about the execution of Abolfazl Naderi, a juvenile offender who was arrested at the age of 16 for an alleged murder. He had on several occasions denied any involvement in the crime and emphasized that his confessions were extracted under torture. However, he was executed on September 2, 2018, at the age of 23.
Amnesty International had previously reported that Abolfazl Naderi was arrested in June 2012 after he went to the police to report his friend’s suicide. The police rejected the suicide claim and insisted that the deceased had been murdered. Abolfazl Naderi was subsequently charged with murder as well as consuming alcohol and sodomy (lavat). The latter charge was brought based on a forensic report that noted signs of anal bleeding in the body of the deceased and linked them to possible penetration.”
Abolfazl who was sentenced to death following an unfair trial before Branch One of the Criminal Court in Markazi Province emphasised that “police officers hanged him from the ceiling, flogged him on the soles of his feet, beat him with a wooden rod, and denied him drinking water.” During 14 days of interrogation, when the alleged tortures happened, he was held in solitary confinement without access to his family and lawyer.