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One Person’s Story

Ali Sharifi


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: November 24, 1997
Location of Killing: Hamedan, Hamedan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Adultery; Homosexual act; Drug trafficking

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Ali Sharifi and another person was published on the website of the Hamshahri newspaper on November 25 and 26, 1997.

Arrest and Detention

The circumstances of this defendant’s arrest and detention are not known. The defendant was arrested by the security forces of Hamadan in September of 1997.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial. The trial of this defendant took place in the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Hamadan.


The charges against Mr. Ali Sharifi were announced as "sodomy, adultery, consumption of alcohol, and distribution of narcotics."

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. Ali Sharifi's defense.


The court condemned Mr. Ali Sharifi to 190 lashes and death, and the ruling was confirmed by the Supreme Court. According to the Hamshahri newspaper, after the defendant received the lashes, his bloody body was hanged in Be'sat square in Hamadan on November 24, 1997.

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