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One Person’s Story

Ali Reza Mirza'i


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: January 21, 1985
Location of Killing: Tabriz, Azarbaijan-e Sharqi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Homosexual act

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Ali Reza Mirza’i, son of Mohammad Reza was published in the Kayhan newspaper on January 22, 1985. This report refers to him as a young man.

Arrest and detention

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


Mr. Mirza’i was tried at Branch 17 of the Criminal Court of Tabriz. No other information is available on his trial.


According to this report, Mr. Mirzaee was charged with “sodomy, an act which is incompatible with chastity.”

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 Mr. Mirza’i’s defense.


Branch 17 of the Criminal Court of Tabriz sentenced Mr. Mirza’i to death. The Supreme Judicial Council confirmed this sentence. He was hanged in public at Namaz Circle on Jomhuri Eslami Street of Tabriz in the morning of January 21, 1985.

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