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One Person’s Story

Ali Reza Toliat


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: March, 1989
Location of Killing: Karaj, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Adultery; Murder

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Ali Reza Toliat, along with Ms. Aqdas Hesarbu’i and another individual, was published in the Jomhuri Eslami newspaper on March 8, 1989.

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 trial took place in the Public Court of Karaj.


The charges against Mr. Ali Reza Toliat were announced as “adultery and murder.”

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 Mr. Toliat’s defense.


The court condemned Mr. Ali Reza Toliat to death and the Supreme Judiciary Council confirmed the ruling. He was hanged in public in Raja’ishahr near Karaj. In the newspaper’s report the date of the execution is not mentioned.

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