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One Person’s Story

Ali Sa'adatkhah


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: April 30, 2001
Location of Killing: Ahvaz, Khuzestan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Robbery; Murder

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Ali Sa'adatkhah was published in the Kayhan newspaper on April 30, 2001 and in the Iran newspaper on May 20, 2001.

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of Mr. Sa'adatkhah’s arrest and detention are not known.


Branch Seven of the Dezful Court tried Mr. Sa'adatkhah. No information is available on his trial.


The charges brought against Mr. Sa'adatkhah were announced as “murder and robbery.” According to the media reports, he had murdered a woman and stolen her belongings when he tried to rob the house of his relative on October 4, 1999.

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. Sa'adatkhah was his “confession.”

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 Mr. Sa'adatkhah’s defense.


The court condemned Mr. Ali Sa'adatkhah to death. He was hanged in public in Dezful on April 30, 2001. No specific information is available about his execution.

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