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One Person’s Story

Abbas Ali


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: June 24, 2002
Location of Killing: Central Prison (Vakilabad Prison), Mashhad, Khorasan\Khorasan-e Razavi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Abbas Ali, without the last name, was published in the Qods newspaper on June 27, 2002.  

Arrest and detention

Agents of Branch One of the Intelligence Police in Mashhad arrested Mr. Abbas Ali in Mashhad in May of 2001 when they were investigating the recovery of the body of a 36-year-old man. The circumstances of his arrest and detention are not known.


Branch 53 of the Public Court in Mashhad tried Mr. Abbas Ali in several sessions. No information is available on his trial.


The charge brought against Mr. Abbas Ali was announced as “premeditated murder of his friend, Aliakbar Hosseinzadeh.”

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 Mr. Abbas Ali was his “confession,” the confession of the victim’s wife, and the police report.

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. Abbas Ali’s defense.


Branch 53 of the Public Court in Mashhad condemned Mr. Abbas Ali to death for murder, to 99 lashes for acts incompatible with chastity, and to 80 lashes for drinking alcoholic beverages. Branch 41 of the Supreme Court confirmed the ruling. He was hanged in the presence of judicial and security officials at the Mashhad Central Prison yard on June 24, 2002. No further information is available about his execution.

The court also condemned Ms. Najmeh, the victim’s wife, to 10 years imprisonment for assisting in murder and 99 lashes for acts incompatible with chastity. 

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