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One Person’s Story

Tahereh Naqib


Age: 31
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Single


Date of Killing: April 6, 1986
Location of Killing: Qom, Markazi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Stoning
Charges: Adultery

About this Case

The execution of Ms. Tahereh Naqib, daughter of Jalil, along with co-defendant Mr. Bahman Karimi, was reported in the Kayhan newspaper on April 6, 1986.

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of this defendant’s arrest and detention are not known; but according to the available information, she served a three-month prison term before execution.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial, other than she was tried at the Penal Court of Qom.


According to the newspaper report, Ms. Naqib was charged with: “fornication” as a widower after her husband’s death, “conspiracy to commit murder” of her husband, and “adultery” as a married woman when her husband was alive.

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 Ms. Naqib’s defense.


The Penal Court of Qom sentenced Ms. Naqib as follows: 100 lashes for “fornication” after her husband’s death, three months imprisonment for “conspiracy to commit murder” and execution by stoning for “adultery” as a married woman before her husband’s death. The Supreme Judicial Council approved the verdict. Ms. Naqib was flogged 100 lashes and served 3 months in prison. She was then stoned to death at 6:50 a.m. on April 6, 1986 in the presence of judiciary officials, military forces, the law enforcement forces and thousands of people beside the river near Qom.

Mr. Karimi (co-defendant and charged with murder) was hanged the same morning.

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