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One Person’s Story

Ali Asghar Khaki


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Single


Date of Killing: June 18, 1997
Location of Killing: Qasr Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Ali Asghar Khaki was announced in the Kayhan newspaper on June 19, 1997.

Arrest and detention

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


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


The charge against Mr. Ali Asghar Khaki was announced as “murdering his brother-in-law.” According to the Kayhan newspaper, “the defendant [persistently visited] his former wife’s family, in order to convince her to remarry him. In spring of 1996, he had a fist-fight with his brother-in-law, Naser Pakniyat. When they decided to go to the police station, the defendant stabbed Naser with a knife, causing his death.”

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 Mr. Ali Asghar Khaki’s defense.


The court condemned Mr. Ali Asghar Khaki to death and the ruling was confirmed by the Supreme Court. After the ruling was read by an official of the Special Judiciary Complex, he was hanged in the presence of the victim’s family at Qasr prison (Tehran) on June 18, 1997.

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