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One Person’s Story

Morteza M.


Age: 20
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Single


Date of Killing: November 8, 2006
Location of Killing: Yazd Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder
Age at time of offense: 18

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Morteza M. was published on the websites of Iscanews on November 8, 2006 and Khabar Jonub on November 11, 2006.

His case and the case of another defendant were related to the murder of an individual in Meybod, Yazd, in the fall of 2004.

Arrest and detention

Mr. Morteza M. was arrested, along with another person, by the Criminal Police in Yazd several days after a murder had happened in the fall of 2004. He was detained for two years. The circumstances of his arrest and detention are not known.


Branch Three of the Criminal Court of Yazd tried Mr. Morteza M. No information is available on his trial. 


The charge brought against Mr. Morteza M. was announced as “murder.” According to the Iscanews report, he had killed his friend with a knife in collaboration with another person. 

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 report of this execution did not provide any specific information on the evidence presented against Mr. Morteza M. However, the report referred to some unknown evidence.  


No information is available on Mr. Morteza M.’s defense.


Branch Three of the Criminal Court of Yazd condemned Mr. Morteza M. to death. The Supreme Court confirmed the ruling. He was hanged in Meybod on November 8, 2006 at 6 a.m. The other defendant in this case was condemned to 15 years imprisonment.    

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