Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

for Human Rights in Iran

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One Person’s Story

Morteza Rasuli


Age: 38
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: June, 2001
Location of Killing: Babol, Mazandaran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Morteza Rasuli was published in the Iran newspaper on June 21, 2001.

Arrest and detention

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


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


The charge brought against Mr. Rasuli was announced as “murder.” According to the report, he murdered a female tenant in his residential building for her over-use of water during a fight on September 21, 1996.

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


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


The court condemned Mr. Morteza Rasuli to death. He was hanged at the Babol Prison yard after five years when the victim’s family paid a half of the blood money (Diyeh) for a man.* No specific date is available about his execution.

*In the Iranian legal system, women’s blood money is considered half of a man. Therefore, for carrying out the execution ruling, the victim’s family is responsible to pay the other half since the victim was a woman. 

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