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One Person’s Story



Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: August 24, 2004
Location of Killing: Raja’i Shahr (Gohardasht) Prison, Karaj, Alborz Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Reza (last name unknown) was reported by Roshangari.net (August 30, 2004). His case has to do with the murder of his brother-in-law with the assistance of another person.

Arrest and detention

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


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


The charge brought against Mr. Reza was “murder”.  According to this report, he enlisted the help of another person and killed his brother-in-law in order to save his sister from him.

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 report of this execution does not contain information regarding the evidence providedagainst the defendant.


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


Mr. Reza was condemned to death by hanging.  The Supreme Court approved this sentence.  He was executed on Tuesday, August 24, 2004 in Reja’i Shahr Prison, Karaj.

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