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One Person’s Story

Ali Adelzadeh


Age: 24
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: July 6, 2005
Location of Killing: Mashhad, Khorasan\Khorasan-e Razavi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Armed robbery

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Ali Adelzadeh, son of Morteza, along with two other individuals, was announced on the website of the Hamshahri and the Kayhan newspapers (July 7, 2005) as well as the Fars News Agency (July 6).

Arrest and Detention

The circumstances of this defendant’s arrest and detention are not known, other than he was arrested subsequent to arrest and confession of another individual, who gave Mr. Adelzadeh’s name to the police.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


According to the Kayhan newspaper report, “Ali Adelzadeh committed eleven robberies from banks, Interest Free Loan Funds, and credit unions during 2003 and 2004.”

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 Islamic Republic authorities have brought trumped-up charges against their political opponents and executed them for alleged drug trafficking, sexual, and other criminal offences. 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 based on trumped-up charges is unknown.

Evidence of Guilt

The report of this execution does not contain information regarding the evidence provided against the defendant except his own confessions. According to the Hamshahri newspaper, the defendant confessed to fourteen counts of armed robbery from banks and Interest Free Loan Funds.

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. In the case of political detainees, these confessions are, at times, televised. The National Television broadcasts confessions during which prisoners plead guilty to vague and false charges, repent and renounce their political beliefs, and/or implicate others. Human rights organizations have also pointed to the pattern of retracted confessions by those prisoners who are freed.


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


The court called Mr. Ali Adelzadeh as “at war with God” and a “corruptor on earth” (Kayhan) and condemned him to death in public and returning the stolen money. The Hamshahri newspaper added that the ruling was confirmed by the Supreme Court. Mr. Ali Adelzadeh was executed in public in Qasemabad district in Mashad at 10 on the morning of July 6, 2005.

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