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One Person’s Story

Zolf'ali Dareh Bala'i


Age: 26
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: April 29, 2004
Location of Killing: Najaf Abad, Esfahan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Rape; Robbery

About this Case

The news of the execution of Mr. Zolfali Dareاh Bala’i and Mr. Ali Darebala’i was published on the website of the Keyhan Newspaper on April 30, 2004.

Arrest and detention

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


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


According to the Keyhan Newspaper, the charges against the defendants were "rape and stealing cattle."

The validity of the criminal charges brought against these defendants 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 various criminal offences. Each year, Iranian authorities sentence hundreds of alleged common criminals to death 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 contains no evidence provided against Mr. Zolfali Dareh Bala’i.


No information is available on his defense.


The court condemned Mr. Zolfali Dareh Bala’i to 80 lashes and death in public. He was hanged, along with the other individual, in the presence of their victims’ families and other bystanders at the entrance of Fuladshahr of Najafabad (Esfehan province) on April 29, 2004 at 6:30 am.

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