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One Person’s Story

Ebrahim Tale'i


Age: 19
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Single


Date of Killing: June 20, 2001
Location of Killing: Qasr Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Unknown charge

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Ebrahim Tale’i, along with three others, was published in the Iran newspaper on June 21, 2001. Additional information regarding his arrest and prosecution was taken from the Resalat newspaper on July 24, 1999, the Hamshahri newspaper on July 25, 1999 and February 5, 2000, the Ettela’at newspaper on June 29 and 30, July 10, and December 29, 1999.

Mr. Tale’i, son of Mohammad, was single and a resident of Tehran. The Ettela’at newspaper on June 29, 1999 wrote his name as Ebrahim Nader. 

Arrest and detention

According to the media reports, after a woman and her two children were murdered at their house on June 8, 1999, police suspected Ebrahim, the son of the partner of the victim’s family, who did not go home after the incident. Police followed the clues, identified, and arrested him in Mashhad after 18 days. Then, four other defendants who were his collaborators were also arrested.  The circumstances of Mr. Tale’i’s arrest and detention are not known.


Branch 1602 of the Public Court of Tehran tried Mr. Tale’i. According to the Resalat newspaper, first, the judge described the crime and the victim’s family demanded maximum penalty for Mr. Tale’i. Then defendants answered the judge’s questions. After the ruling was issued against Mr. Tale’i, his attorney appealed the ruling based on the illness of his client. The Supreme Court nullified the ruling and asked the court that forensics check the defendant again. According to the Ettela’at newspaper on December 29, 1999, the forensics’ report indicated that he was completely healthy. 


The charge brought against Mr. Tale’i was announced as “three counts premeditated murder with blows of a knife and an iron bar.” According to the media reports, he and his collaborators had planned to enter a house, then murdered a mother and her two children, and escaped. His father was a partner with the victim’s husband and had cancelled their partnership two years earlier. Reports indicated that Mr. Tale’i’s intention was to rob gold and jewelry from his father’s ex-partner using his acquaintance with the victims.  

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. Tale’i was his “confession” and the confession of his collaborators. According to the Resalat newspaper, he accepted the charge of committing three counts of murder motivated by robbery and escaping the country. According to the Hamshahri newspaper, the victim’s sister had seen Mr. Tale’i on the staircase and seen how he left the yard quickly. Regarding the defendant’s motive to murder, the Ettela’at newspaper quoted the judge stating: “Ebrahim planned to rob and murder. If he had chosen the house of an unknown family, we could consider the motive as robbery resulting in murder. He had confessed that he took the iron bar from his father’s shop and a slaughter knife to murder members of this family.” Regarding a rumor that he had committed the crime to get money for treating his cancer, the judge stated: “There is no indication of his illness in the case and if he was ill, this does not justify his responsibility and he did not commit the murder based on temporary insanity.” 

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.


According to the Resalat newspaper, Mr. Tale’i’s public defender stated his motive as robbery and leaving the country for economic and cultural poverty, and listed revenge, hatred, blame, anger, and a previous dispute as contributing factors to the crime. Mr. Tale’i claimed insanity as his defense; however, during the trial stated: “I have no defense and cannot say anything.” In response to the Resalat newspaper reporter who asked the reason for the incident, he said: “I was fooled by my comradeship.”    


The court condemned Mr. Ebrahim Tale’i to death (three counts).  The Supreme Court confirmed the ruling. He was hanged at the Qasr Prison yard in Tehran on June 20, 2001.  

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