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One Person’s Story

Ali Ghafari


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: May 13, 2003
Location of Killing: Mashhad, Khorasan\Khorasan-e Razavi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Prostitution and/or procuring

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Ali Ghafari, along with seven others, was published in the Iran newspaper on May 14, 2003 and in the Jomhuri Eslami newspaper on May 15, 2003. Additional information regarding his arrest and prosecution was taken from the Iran newspaper of May 13, 2003. According to the Iran newspaper, Mr. Ghafari was performing his military service.

Arrest and detention

According to the existing information, Mr. Ghafari was arrested in connection with corruption gangs. The circumstances of his arrest and detention are not known. Police investigation began in 1999 when they received reports indicating that some individuals kidnapped and forced girls and young women to corruption. According to the Intelligence Deputy of the Security Forces in Khorasan, police and intelligence operations resulted in the arrest of 34 members of five gangs in Mashhad in January of 2002. After interrogating these individuals 270 others, who cooperated with this corruption and prostitution gangs, were also arrested in 2002. (Jomhuri Eslami newspaper)  


Branch 19 of the Public Court of Mashhad tried Mr. Ghafari. No information is available on his trial.


The charges brought against Mr. Ghafari were announced as “leading a gang to kidnap and rape girls and young women, hooliganism, and public intimidation and disturbance.” (Iran newspaper)

The validity of the criminal charges brought against this defendant cannot be ascertained in the absence of the basic guarantees of a fair trial.

Evidence of guilt

The evidence presented against Mr. Ghafari was his “confession” and the complaints by 200 plaintiffs, according to the Intelligence Deputy of the Security Forces in Khorasan. (Jomhuri Eslami newspaper)

International human rights organizations have repeatedly condemned the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran for its systematic use of severe torture and solitary confinement to obtain confessions from detainees and have questioned the authenticity of confessions obtained under duress.


No information is available on Mr. Ghafari’s defense.


The court condemned Mr. Ali Ghafari to death and Branch 16 of the Supreme Court confirmed the ruling. He was hanged on Emamat Boulevard in Azadshahr, Mashhad, on May 13, 2003. 

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