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One Person’s Story

Mohammad Ali Khadem


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: November 9, 1997
Location of Killing: Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Sedition and/ or threat to public security; Adultery; Homosexual act

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Mohammad Ali Khadem was published in the Kayhan newspaper on November 9, 1997 and on the website of the Hamshahri newspaper on November 10, 1997.

Arrest and Detention

The circumstances of this defendant’s arrest and detention are not known.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial. This defendant was tried in Branch One of the Revolutionary Court.


The defendant was charged with “clashes in public, bothering women and girls, adultery, illicit relations with women and girl through intimidation, and sodomy” (Hamshahri).

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 Islamic Republic authorities have brought trumped-up charges against their political opponents and executed them for alleged drug trafficking, sexual, and other criminal offences. 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 based on trumped-up charges is unknown.

Evidence of Guilt

The Hamshahri newspaper quotes the Public Relations Office of the Islamic Revolutionary Court that the defendant was tried following various complains made by people in Fallah quarter in Tehran. According to the Kayhan newspaper, before the revolution, there were several cases against the defendant for battery, rape, and conflicts with the police. After the revolution, he was also arrested and punished for various crimes including armed robbery from garrisons, sexual harassment, intimidation, rape, distribution of narcotics, immoral sexual relationships, participation in armed fighting, and establishing a "house of corruption".


No information is available on Mr. Mohammad Ali Khadem's defense.


The court condemned Mr. Mohammad Ali Khadem to death as a "corruptor on Earth". After the ruling was confirmed by the Supreme Court, he was hanged in public in the presence of judiciary and security officials in Abuzar (Fallah) quarter on November 9, 1997.

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