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One Person’s Story

Ali Reza


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: February 23, 2003
Location of Killing: Bandar Anzali, Gilan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Ali Reza, without his last name, was published in the Ettela’at newspaper on February 24, 2003.

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of Mr. Ali Reza’s arrest and detention are not known.


No information is available on Mr. Ali Reza’s trial.


The charge brought against Mr. Ali Reza was announced as “murder.” He was accused of murdering a person named Ebrahim Gachkar in Bandar-e Anzali in 1996.  

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. Ali Reza.


No information is available on Mr. Ali Reza’s defense.


A court condemned Mr. Ali Reza to death. He was hanged in public and in the presence of the victim’s family at Bibihurieh Square in Bandar-e Anzali on February 23, 2003. No specific information is available about this execution. 

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