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One Person’s Story

Ma'sumeh Maleky


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: January 20, 1982
Location of Killing: Esfahan, Esfahan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Fatal
Charges: Prostitution and/or procuring

About this Case

The execution of Ms. Ma’sumeh Maleky was reported in the Jomhuri Eslami daily on January 20, 1982.

Arrest and detention

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


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


Ms. Maleky was charged with establishing a “brothel and a din of vice in Esfahan.”

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. Maleky's defense.


The Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Esfahan sentenced Ms. Maleky to death. The sentence was carried out.

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