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One Person’s Story

Gholam Ali Mardani


Age: 45
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: January 16, 2000
Location of Killing: Najaf Abad, Esfahan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Rape

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Gholam Ali Mardani was published in the Kayhan newspaper on January 17, 2000. His case was related to the harassment of 10 young boys and girls during the decade between 1989 and 1999.

Arrest and detention

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


Branch Three of the Najafabad Court tried Mr. Mardani. No information is available on his trial.


The charges brought against Mr. Mardani were announced as “kidnapping and murder.”   

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. Mardani.


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


Branch Three of the Najafabad Court condemned Mr. Gholam Ali Mardani to death, 15 years imprisonment, and 90 lashes. The Supreme Court confirmed the ruling. He was hanged in public in Najafabad on January 16, 2000 at dawn.

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