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One Person’s Story

Alieh Zarb Alian


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: September 10, 1979
Location of Killing: Tonekabon (Shahsavar), Mazandaran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Sexual Offense; Addiction; Corruption on earth

About this Case

The execution of Ms. Alieh Zarb Alian and two other individuals was reported by the correspondent of the Kayhan newspaper in Chalus (September 11, 1979) and the correspondent of Pars News Agency in Sari (Enqelab Eslami newspaper, September 12, 1979).

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of this defendant’s arrest and detention are not known.


Based on the Pars report, the trial of this defendant and two others took place in several sessions.


Ms. Zarb Alianand was charged with “using narcotic drugs and spreading prostitution” (Pars News Agency).

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’s authorities have brought trumped-up charges against their political opponents and executed them for 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.


No information is available on the defense.


Based on the Kayhan report, the Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Shahsavar (renamed Tonekabon in Mazandaran province) declared Ms. Zarb Alianand a “corruptor on earth” and an “enemy of God and his people” and sentenced her to death. She was executed by firing squad at 1 a.m. on September 10, 1979.

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