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One Person’s Story

Parviz Khaleqi


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Married


Date of Killing: August 25, 2004
Location of Killing: Karaj, Alborz Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Rape

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Parviz Khaleqi was reported in E’temad Newspaper, Kayhan Newspaper, and Iran Newspaper (August 26, 2004) as well as Iran Newspaper (September 9, 2004). He was executed with another person according to the Prison Administration Site and Kayhan Newspaper (September 11, 2004). Additional information has been gathered from Iran Newspaper (September 9, 2003).  Mr. Khaleqi was married and had a child. His case has to do with forming a gang with four other people and committing kidnapping, rape, assault, and verbal abuse against several women and young girls in 2002.

Arrest and detention

Mr. Khaleqi was arrested along with two other people on October 17, 2002, in Mohammad Shahr, Karaj.  These three people had been under surveillance since July 6, 2002, the reason being that a family had filed a complaint about their daughter, who had been abducted and subjected to assault and verbal abuse by these men.  The chief of police of Karaj organized several groups of detectives to track down this gang.  After staking out several locations in Karaj, the officials found the red car with three men and a female passenger.  After they were arrested, the judge at Branch 119 of the Criminal Court of Karaj ordered their pictures to be printed in the newspapers.  As a result, several girls and young women went to the police station, identified the accused, and reported that these people had abused them. After the three men confessed, two other accomplices were also arrested.  The group spent two years in prison.


Branch 45 of the Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor’s Office of Karaj tried Mr. Khaleghi and the other suspects. This trial went on for several sessions. There is no information available regarding the proceedings.


The charges brought against Mr. Khaleqi, the main defendant, were “rape, kidnapping, and robbery with physical abuse” (Kayhan Newspaper).

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 against Mr. Khaleqi was reported to be “confessions of the accused, complaints of the victims, identification of the accused by the victims, publishing their pictures for the public, and finding stolen gold jewelry”.  In the preliminary phases of questioning, these men denied having any part in kidnapping and assaulting women.  However, after being confronted by the victims, they confessed.  According to their confessions, they would wait for young women who needed transportation.  Once they young women were in the car, they would threaten them with knives, take them to deserted areas, steal their money and jewelry, rape them, and abandon them. 

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.


No information is available on Mr. Khaleghi’s defense.


Branch 119 of the Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor’s Office of Karaj gave the following judgement:  Mr. Khaleghi was condemned to death by hanging for rape, 25 years imprisonment and 70 lashes for kidnapping and five counts of robbery and aggravated assault. This judgement was approved by the Supreme Court.  Mr. Khaleghi was executed in public view, on Hessarak street in Karaj, by hanging from a crane on the morning of August 25, 2004.  The second defendant, Mr. Ghasem Aghsami, was condemned to death by public hanging, 23 years prison, and 60 lashes. The third defendant, Mr. Hasan Hasanvand, was condemned to death by public hanging for assault and battery of women and young girls, 15 years prison for kidnapping and four counts of robbery with aggravated assault, and 50 lashes.  The fourth defendant was condemned to 99 lashes in public view and five years’ prison in a distant, unpleasant area for illicit relations, and 16 years prison and 50 lashes for kidnapping and two counts of robbery with assault. The fifth defendant was condemned to one year of prison and 30 lashes for one count of kidnapping and robbery with assault.

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