Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

for Human Rights in Iran

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One Person’s Story

Ali Moradi


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Islam (Sunni)
Civil Status: Married


Date of Killing: 2014
Location of Killing: Central Prison, Sanandaj, Kordestan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder

About this Case

News of Mr. Ali Moradi’s execution was obtained through an interview conducted by the Abdorrahman Boroumand Center with one of his ward mates. (August 11, and September 18, 2017).

Mr. Moradi was an ethnic Kurd, adherent of the Sunni branch of Islam, married, with children, from and residing in the village of Rashid Deh in Marivan [County]. He had an elementary school education and was a construction worker.

The case of Mr. Moradi and another individual is related to a murder committed in 2007-08 in the village of Rashid Deh.

Mr. Moradi was a pleasant and sociable person with a good sense of humor, and held socialist views. He was in contact and worked with a member of the Organization of the Toilers of Kurdistan – Komeleh’s secret organization. Mr. Moradi also cooperated with the Information Ministry and the Marivan’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps’ forces for a while for personal financial gain.

According to his ward mate, “Ali was really regretful about that and was ashamed of it. He was someone who claimed he was a true patriot. He was someone that, if you did not know about him and his past, you would think that he was a really good person. He would get into political discussions with other inmates a lot. He hanged out mostly with Komeleh people and was in contact mostly with them. He was a very serious person”.

Arrest and detention

Marivan Criminal Investigations Bureau agents arrested Mr. Moradi in Marivan in February-March 2008.

According to available information, after the murder of an individual in the village of Rashid Deh, Criminal Investigations Bureau agents tapped the murder victim’s home phone and discovered that Mr. Moradi was having an affair with the victim’s wife. The agents arrested both of them at their meeting place. He was taken to Marivan Criminal Investigations Bureau and kept there for fewer than 10 days. He was tortured while in Criminal Investigations Bureau detention. According to his ward mate, “they would beat him so badly and torture him so severely that he would return practically dead”. Mr. Moradi had told his ward mate that he had been tortured, that they would tie his hands and feet and hang him from a log and beat him.

Mr. Moradi was then transferred to Marivan Prison and kept in solitary confinement for two weeks. While locked up in Marivan Prison’s solitary confinement cells, he was taken to Marivan Criminal Investigations Bureau twice for interrogations. Mr. Moradi was deprived of visitation with his family during his detention.

Mr. Moradi was subsequently transferred from solitary confinement to Marivan Prison’s general ward and was incarcerated there less than four months. In mid-September 2008, he was transferred to [the city of] Sanandaj Central Prison’s Ward 7. Mr. Moradi made money in prison by doing the dishes for other inmates, and was thus able to occasionally help his children out financially. Mr. Moradi was returned to Marivan Prison once again, where he was held for a month, and was transferred back to Sanandaj Prison in 2014-15.


Kurdistan Province Criminal Court tried Mr. Moradi and the other defendant in the case in 2008-09. He had a court-appointed attorney. The trial lasted several sessions. The proceedings were conducted in the presence of the court-appointed attorney and the victim’s family. There is, however, no information regarding the details of the trial.


The charge brought against Mr. Moradi was “intentional murder”. Mr. Mohammadi used a firearm to kill the victim in complicity with the victim’s wife, with whom he was having an affair.

He was accused of having murdered the victim at the latter’s home in the winter of 2008, using a Kalashnikov gun, and with the victim’s wife as his accomplice. According to his ward mate, Mr. Moradi was having an affair with the victim’s wife and intended to run away with her, and that was why he had conspired with the victim’s wife to kill him. In February-March of 2008, Mr. Moradi shot the victim in the victim’s home in Rashid Deh village, killing him, and then proceeded to flee.

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. Moradi was “discovery of the victim’s body, confessions of the defendants, and the testimony of the local people”.

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.


Mr. Moradi expressed remorse in prison. According to Mr. Moradi’s ward mate, the Medical Examiner’s Office had declared the cause of death as asphyxiation and not bullet wounds. He continued: “What people were saying was that the woman, who was sentenced for complicity in murder, realized that her husband was still breathing when she went down [the stairs] and proceeded to put her headscarf around his neck and choke him to death … The victim’s wife later admitted that she had done that.”

Mr. Moradi appealed the sentence and the case was sent to the Supreme Court. No information is available regarding Mr. Moradi and his attorney’s defense.


The Kurdistan Province Criminal Court sentenced Mr. Ali Moradi to death. After Mr. Moradi’s appeal, the court ruling was overturned due to deficiencies in the investigations, and the case was remanded to the lower court that had issued the sentence. The court sentenced him to death a second time. This time, however, the court’s decision was upheld by the Supreme Court.

In 2014-15, Mr. Moradi was hanged at Sanandaj Prison. There is no information regarding the exact date and time of the implementation of the sentence.

The other defendant in the case was sentenced to five years in prison for complicity to commit murder.

Civil activists’ and the Sanandaj Prison Imam’s efforts to obtain the victim’s family’s forgiveness to forego his execution bore no fruit.

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