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One Person’s Story

Aqdas Hesarbu'i


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Married


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

About this Case

News of the execution of Ms. Aqdas Hesarbu’i, Mr. Ali Reza Toliat 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 Ms. Hesarbui were announced as “adultery, and participation in the murder of her husband” along with her co-defendant Mr. Ali Reza Toliat.

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. Hesarbu’i’s defense.


The court condemned Ms. Aqdas Hesarbu’i to death by stoning. The Supreme Judiciary Council confirmed the ruling. She was stoned to death by bystanders in Rajaishahr near Karaj. In the newspaper report, the date of the execution is not mentioned.

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