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One Person’s Story



Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Married


Date of Killing: August 11, 2004
Location of Killing: Evin Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Gholam Reza, without his last name, was published in the Ettela’at, Iran, and Sharq newspapers on August 12, 2004. His case is related to the murder of a person on May 22, 2002.

Arrest and detention

Mr. Gholam Reza was arrested by agents of Police Station 108, Navab, in May of 2002. He was transferred to the Criminal Court of Tehran. He was detained for 3 years. The circumstances of his arrest and detention are not known. (Iran newspaper)


Branch 1157 of the Criminal Court of Tehran tried Mr. Gholam Reza in several sessions. No information is available on his trial. (Iran newspaper)


The charge brought against Mr. Gholam Reza was announced as “murder.” During a family fight, he had injured his father-in-law by blows of a knife resulting in his death in the hospital. (Ettela’at and Iran newspapers)  

The validity of the criminal charges brought against this defendant cannot be ascertained in the absence of the basic guarantees of a fair trial.  

Evidence of guilt

The evidence presented against Mr. Gholam Reza was his “confession” and the forensics report indicating his sanity. (Iran newspaper)

International human rights organizations have repeatedly condemned the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran for its systematic use of severe torture and solitary confinement to obtain confessions from detainees and have questioned the authenticity of confessions obtained under duress.


During his interrogation, Mr. Gholam Reza stated that his father-in-law and his brother-in-law came to his house to take his wife on the day of the fighting. But because he was against the divorce intention of his wife, he resisted and they beat him up. He became angry and attacked them with a knife. He claimed to suffer from temporary insanity (Sharq newspaper). Mr. Gholam Reza objected to the ruling and his case was referred to Branch 27 of the Supreme Court.


Branch 1157 of the Criminal Court of Tehran condemned Mr. Gholam Reza to death. Branch 27 of the Supreme Court confirmed the ruling. He was hanged in the presence of the victim’s family at the Evin Prison in Tehran on August 11, 2004.

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