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One Person’s Story

Reza A.


Age: 31
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Islam
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: October 24, 2003
Location: Shiraz, Fars Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder; Drug trafficking; Disrupting public order
Age at time of offense: 29

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Reza A., known as Reza Tork, was published in the Jamejam newspaper on October 25, 2003. His case was related to the murder of a criminal investigative officer in 2001.  

Arrest and detention

Mr. Reza A. was first arrested by agents of Branch Eight of the Judiciary Police in Shiraz in 2001. While transferring to a clinic, he killed an officer and escaped. However, after 11 days, police were able to arrest him again during a special operation in Abadan. He was detained for two years. The circumstances of his arrest and detention are not known.


A court with a special judge tried Mr. Reza A. in several sessions in Fars province. No information is available on his trial.


The charges brought against Mr. Reza A. were announced as “creating intimidation and fear in the public, extortion, money forgery, transporting narcotics, 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.

Evidence of guilt

The evidence presented against Mr. Reza A. was “having a criminal record.”


No information is available on Mr. Reza A.’s defense.


A court condemned Mr. Reza A. to death and the Supreme Court confirmed the ruling. He was hanged in public in the presence of the victim’s family and police authorities at Golestan in Shiraz on October 24, 2003.  

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