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One Person’s Story



Nationality: Iran
Religion: Unknown
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: December 6, 2007
Location of Killing: Central Prison, Qazvin, Zanjan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Abdollah was published on the websites of the Hambastegi newspaper on December 5 and the Qods newspaper on December 8, 2007.      

Arrest and Detention

According to theQodsnewspaper, “based on the marks on the victim’s neck, officials suspected that the murderer might be a person known to the victim. Therefore, when they noticed contradictions in the statements by the victim’s brother-in-law, they arrested him.”   


According to the Hambasteginewspaper, this trial took place in Branch 71 of the Punitive Court of Tehran Province on August 28, but according to theQodsnewspaper, it took place in Branch Ten of Public Court in Qazvin. No further information is available on the defendant’s trial.    


The charge against Mr. Abdollah was announced as "murder." According to reports, he murdered his pregnant sister-in-law on April 4, 2005, claiming that she was corrupted.        

The validity of the criminal charges brought against this defendant cannot be ascertained in the absence of the basic guarantees of a fair trial.   

Evidence of Guilt

The evidence presented against the defendant was his “confession” and the statement of the victim’s husband saying his wife was alive when he left home and his brother had been at their house since 8 in the morning of the day that his wife disappeared. Additionally, during the police investigation, neighbors and the victim’s family members denied the defendant’s claim of corruption and confirmed the victim’s chastity.    


The defendant primarily denied committing any crime, but later he accepted the charge and said, “I killed my sister-in-law because she was corrupt. I did not see anything myself but the shopkeepers talked about it.”     


The court condemned Mr. Abdollah to death with the condition of paying half of Dieh (blood money) by the victim’s family for her murder and to paying Dieh and 5 years imprisonment for killing an eight-month-old fetus. The ruling was confirmed by the Supreme Court. He was hanged in the Central Qazvin prison on December 6, 2007.         

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