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One Person’s Story

Khodieh Madlani


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: June 15, 1980
Location of Killing: Tabriz, Azarbaijan-e Sharqi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Unspecified execution method
Charges: Prostitution and/or procuring

About this Case

The execution of Ms. Khodieh Madlani was reported by the correspondent of the Jomhuri Eslami daily in Tabriz (June 16, 1980).

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of this defendant’s arrest and detention are not known.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


Based on the report, Ms. Madlani’s charges were as follows: “spreading prostitution and committing acts incompatible with chastity,” “drawing the zealous youth to corruption,” and “not taking the warnings of the court seriously after being arrested and undergoing the Hadd penalty several times previously for her offenses.”

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’s authorities have brought trumped up charges against their political opponents and executed them for drug trafficking, sexual, and other criminal offences. 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 based on trumped-up charges is unknown.

Evidence of guilt

The report of this execution does not contain information regarding the evidence provided against the defendant.


No information is available on Ms. Madlani’s defense.


The Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Tabriz sentenced Ms. Madlani to death. She was executed at midnight.

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