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One Person’s Story

Karim Hosseinalizadeh


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Married


Date of Killing: August 7, 1997
Location of Killing: Evin Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Sedition and/ or threat to public security; Sexual Offense; Homosexual act; Unspecified offense

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Karim Hosseinalizadeh was published in the Kayhan newspaper on August 10, 1997, and on the website of the Hamshahri newspaper on August 11, 1997. The reports quote the Head of Public Relations of the Islamic Revolutionary Courts describing the defendant's background as follow: He became friends with bad people since he was nine. In Tabriz, he began to rob and became a professional thief when he was fifteen. There are 20 cases filed against him and he spent 13 years of his life in prison. According to Kayhan, the defendant had been condemned to 3 years exile for his crimes but fled his exile location.

Arrest and Detention

According to the Kayhan newspaper, that quotes the Head of Public Relations of the Islamic Revolutionary Courts, after receiving several repeated reports by Section 9 of Tehran Police Force about a person named Karim Hosseinalizadeh, the Chief of the Judiciary issued an order of investigation to the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Tehran. On June 9, 1997, he was arrested for creating public fear, intimidation, undermining public safety, and battery. The report does not mention who filed those "several repeated reports."


No information is available on the defendant’s trial. The trial took place in Branch Two of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Tehran during extended time.


The charges against Mr. Karim Hosseinalizadeh were announced as "creating public fear, intimidation, undermining public safety, battery, sodomy, using and dealing drugs and opium, providing a place to abuse adolescents, and spreading corruption in society by pornographic video tapes" (Kayhan).

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

According to the media reports, the evidence provided against the defendant consisted of complains made by plaintiffs and the statements by the Head of Public Relations of the Islamic Revolutionary Courts. He claimed that the defendant escaped from Tabriz to Tehran after the revolution and continued his criminal activities under the cover of a juice-selling store.


No information is available on Mr. Karim Hosseinalizadeh's defense.


According to the Kayhan newspaper, the court condemned Mr. Karim Hosseinalizadeh to 20 lashes and death as a "corruptor on Earth." After he appealed, the ruling was confirmed by a branch of the Appeals Court. He was hanged in the presence of plaintiffs and craftsmen in Evin prison on August 7, 1997.

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