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One Person’s Story



Nationality: Unknown
Religion: Unknown
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: August 1, 2001
Location of Killing: Mazandaran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Unspecified execution method
Charges: Rape

About this Case

News of the execution of an unknown person, along with four others, was published in the Kayhan newspaper on August 4, 2001.  

Arrest and detention

According to the report, security forces attacked the base of defendants near Naharkhoran forest and arrested several of them. The circumstances of the defendant’s arrest and detention are not known.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


The charges brought against the defendant were collectively announced as “participation in kidnapping and rape.” According to the report, defendants, in groups as large as 30 individuals, ambushed people on the road to the Naharkhoran Forest Park. They robbed travelers, tied men to trees, and raped women in front of men.  

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 evidence presented against the defendant was his “confession.” According to the report, the arrested defendants confessed to tens of robberies and rapes.

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 the defendant’s defense.


The defendant was hanged, along with four others, in public in Naharkhoran, Gorgan, on August 1, 2001. No specific information is available about the defendant’s execution.

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