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One Person’s Story

Mahi Kohali


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim


Date of Killing: 1989
Location of Killing: Zanjan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Stoning
Charges: Prostitution and/or procuring

About this Case

News of the execution by stoning of Ms. Mahi Kohali, along with another person, was published in a report about the stoning of four individuals in the Jomhuri Eslami newspaper on February 23, 1989. This report indicated that these individuals had been members of a gang.

Arrest and Detention

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


No information is available on the defendant’s trial. It took place in the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Zanjan.


The charges against Ms. Mahi Kohali were announced as “spreading corruption and prostitution.”

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 Islamic Republic authorities have brought trumped-up charges against their political opponents and executed them for alleged 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. Kohali’s defense.


The court condemned Ms. Mahi Kohali to death by stoning and the ruling was carried out in Zanjan. No information is available about the exact date of this execution.

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