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One Person’s Story

Javad Gol Niat


Age: 30
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Married


Date of Killing: March 11, 2018
Location of Killing: Khoy Prison, Khoy, Azarbaijan-e Gharbi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Rape

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Javad Gol Niat, son of Teymur, was reported by HRANA Website, the Human Rights Activists in Iran News Agency, and Human Rights in Iran Monitoring Website (March 12, 2018).  This execution was not reported by official news agencies.

Mr. Gol Niat was 30 years old; he was born in Khoy, in Azarbaijan-e Gharbi Province.  He resided in the village of Hesar e Sofla, he was married, and he had two very young daughters.  His case is related to sexual crimes.

Arrest and detention

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


No information is available on Mr. Gol Niat’s trial.


The charge brought against Mr Gol Niat was “rape”.

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 provided against the defendant.


According to a well-informed source, Mr. Gol Niat consistently denied having committed such an act.  On this basis, his family asked the prison warden to delay his execution, to no avail (HRANA).  No information is available on Mr. Gol Niat’s defense.


Mr. Javad Gol Niat was sentenced to death by hanging.  He was executed in Khoy Central Prison, in Azadbaijan-e Gharbi Province, on Sunday March 11, 2018.

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