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One Person’s Story

Ali Balari


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


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

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Ali Balari, along with three others, was published in the Iran newspaper on June 21, 2001. Additional information was taken from the Iran newspaper on June 20, 2001.

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of Mr. Balari’s arrest and detention are not known.


No information is available on Mr. Balari’s trial.


The charge brought against Mr. Balari was announced as “murdering a woman.”

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 does not contain information regarding the evidence provided against Mr. Balari.


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


The court condemned Mr. Ali Balari to death and the Supreme Court confirmed the ruling. He was hanged at the Qasr Prison yard on June 20, 2001.


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