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One Person’s Story

Yasin Malekzadeh


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: December, 2001
Location of Killing: Sistan Va Baluchestan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Rape

About this Case

 News of the execution of Mr. Yasin Malekzadeh, son of Haj Gholam, along with another person, was published in the Kayhan newspaper on December 17, 2001.  

Arrest and detention

According to the report, after committing the crime on November 25, 2001, Mr. Malekzadeh and his collaborator escaped the scene; however, he was identified and arrested by police a few hours later. The circumstances of his arrest and detention are not known.


The Public Court of Saravan tried Mr. Malekzadeh. No information is available on his trial.


The charge brought against Mr. Malekzadeh was announced as “rape.” According to the report, Mr. Malekzadeh and his collaborator, covering their faces, climbed up a wall and entered a house belonging to a high school teacher in Jalaq District. Then they threatened the teacher’s wife with a knife, tied her Chador [veil] around her neck, and raped her.

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 authorities have brought trumped-up charges, including drug trafficking, sexual, and other criminal offences, against their opponents (including political, civil society activists, as well as unionists and ethnic and religious minorities). 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 and executed based on trumped-up charges is unknown.

Evidence of guilt

The report of this execution did not provide any specific information on the evidence presented against Mr. Malekzadeh.


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


The court condemned Mr. Yasin Malekzadeh to death and 20 lashes. The Supreme Court confirmed the ruling. He was hanged in public at the entrance square in Jalaq in December of 2001. The exact date of this execution is unknown.

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