Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

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One Person’s Story

Ali Reza Heidarzadeh


Age: 18
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: March 30, 1987
Location of Killing: Azarbaijan-e Sharqi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder

About this Case

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Ali Reza Heidarzadeh was reported in the Kayhan daily on March 31, 1987.

Arrest and detention

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


There is no information regarding this trial, other than Mr. Heidarzadeh was tried at Branch One of the Criminal Court of Tabriz.


According to the newspaper report, Mr. Heidarzadeh was charged with murder, committed in 1986 when he was 17 years old.

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.


No information is available concerning Mr. Heidarzadeh’s defense.


Branch One of the Criminal Court of Tabriz sentenced Mr. Heidarzadeh to death. The Supreme Court approved this sentence. On March 30, 1987, Mr. Ali Reza Heidarzadeh was hanged in the presence of the family of the murdered person at the public circle of Ahar (in East Azarbaijan Province). He was 18.

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