Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

for Human Rights in Iran

Omid, a memorial in defense of human rights in Iran
One Person’s Story

Ali Sehati


Age: 18
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Islam (Shi'a)
Civil Status: Single


Date of Killing: December 27, 1981
Location of Killing: Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Unspecified execution method

About this Case

The information about Mr. Ali Sehati has been drawn from an interview with an individual familiar with this case. He was a senior at the Kharazmi High School in Tehran and a sympathizer of the Mojahedin Khalq Organization. The interviewee remembers him as a tall athletic man with sharp features.

Arrest and detention

Mr. Sehati was arrested in Tehran in November or December 1981. He was denied visitation rights.


The details of his trial are not known. During the trial, it was revealed that Mr. Sehati had lied during his interrogation.

In October 1981, Mr. Sehati saw a friend’s name on the list of the executed individuals in a press release of the Central Islamic Revolutionary Prosecution Office. After arrest and interrogation, under duress, Mr. Sehati gave this person’s name to the authorities as someone who was in charge of Mr. Sehati’s political activities. Later it turned out that this friend’s name was published by mistake and that he was alive. At the trial, the religious judge brought this person in front of Mr. Sehati. As soon as Mr. Sehati found out that his friend was not dead, he retracted his confession, stressing that his statement about his friend was baseless. Mr. Sehati was beaten and taken out of the courtroom after this announcement. (This friend was executed in 1990.)


The charges brought against the defendant are not known.

Evidence of guilt

At the trial, it was revealed that Mr. Sehati had lied in his interrogations.


No information is available concerning his defense.


Mr. Ali Sehati was executed on December 27, 1981. He was 18 years old.

He was buried at the Behesht-e Zahra cemetery.

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