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One Person’s Story

Ali Chaharlang


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: September 7, 2002
Location of Killing: Ahvaz, Khuzestan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Armed robbery; War on God

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Ali Chaharlang, son of Hossein, was published in the Jamejam newspaper on September 7 and in the Jomhuri-Eslami and Iran newspapers on September 8, 2002. His case was related to an armed robbery from Branch Kutabdollah of Tejarat Bank in October of 2001.

Arrest and Detention

Mr. Chaharlang was arrested by police during the identification of a robbery gang. There is no specific information on his arrest and detention.


The Islamic Revolutionary Court of Ahvaz tried Mr. Chaharlang. No information is available on his trial.


According to the Head of Public Relations Office of the Khuzestan Courthouse, the charges against Mr. Chaharlang were announced as “Mohareb [fighting against God] by armed robbery,” and “collaboration in 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

The evidence provided against Mr. Chaharlang concerned the murder of the watchman of Branch Kutabdollah of the Tejarat Bank, and robbery of 4.5 million Rials from the bank (Jomhuri-Eslami newspaper).

According to the Head of Public Relations Office of the Khuzestan Courthouse, “Based on Article 185* of the Islamic Penal Code, if armed robbers do not use their weapon during a robbery but have it in hand, they are still considered Mohareb and their punishment is death.” (Jamejam)


According to reports, the bank watchman was shot to death not by Mr. Chaharlang, but by his casemate. No information is available on Mr. Chaharlang's defense. 


The Islamic Revolutionary Court of Ahvaz identified Mr. Ali Chaharlang as Mohareb (fighter against God) and condemned him to death. The judiciary confirmed the ruling. He was hanged in public in front of the Kutabdollah Branch of Tejarat Bank located on the Kutabdollah Road in Ahvaz on September 7, 2002 at 7 a.m. The victim’s family members were present during the execution.


*Article 185: An armed robber or a bandit, who disturbs the security of the public or roads and creates fear and intimidation, is a Mohareb [a fighter against God].


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