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One Person’s Story

Reza S.


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: January 7, 2004
Location of Killing: Tabriz, Azarbaijan-e Sharqi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Rape

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Reza S. was published in the Iran newspaper on January 10, 2004. Additional information was taken from the Jomhuri Eslami newspaper on December 2, 2003. According to the existing information, he was married, had a criminal record, and his case was related to the kidnapping and rape of 23 children between the age of 6 and 11 years old in Tabriz.

Arrest and detention

The Criminal Investigators in Tabriz arrested Mr. Reza S. while he was molesting a seven-year-old girl on July 8, 2003. He was identified during the police investigation following several complaints filed by parents of rape victims. The circumstances of his arrest and detention are not known.


Branch 38 of the General Court in Tabriz tried Mr. Reza S. No information is available on his trial.


The charges brought against Mr. Reza S. were announced as “rape, robbery, and kidnapping.” According to the existing information, he was accused of deceiving and taking 23 children, between 6 and 11 years old, to construction buildings around Tabriz, threatening them with a knife, stealing their gold, and raping them.  

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

According to the existing information, the bases for Mr. Reza S.’s conviction was his confession (Jomhuri Eslami newspaper).

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. Reza S.’s defense.


Branch 38 of the General Court in Tabriz condemned Mr. Reza S. to death in public and the Supreme Court confirmed the ruling. He was hanged in public at the Old Terminal Square in Tabriz on January 7, 2004 (Iran newspaper). The court also condemned him to 20 years imprisonment and 74 lashes for robbery and kidnapping (Jomhuri Eslami newspaper). 

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