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One Person’s Story

Abbas Yar’ali


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Unknown
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: June 27, 2000
Location of Killing: Qasr Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Sexual Offense

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Abbas Yar’ali was published in the Hamshahri newspaper on June 27, 2000. According to this report, he had once kidnapped a four-year-old girl in 1989 but was arrested before being able to molest her. He was able to escape not long after his arrest. He kidnapped girls between 4 and 9 years old and released them after molestation in Tehran and Karaj, between 1989 and 1996.   

Arrest and Detention

The circumstances of Mr. Yar’ali’s second arrest and detention are not known.


The Criminal Court of Tehran investigated this case. No further information is available on Mr. Yar’ali’s trial.


The charges against Mr. Yar’ali were announced as “murder and molestation of young girls.” According to the newspaper report, he had killed a four-year-old girl named Mina, after molesting her.   

Evidence of Guilt

The evidence provided against Mr. Yar’ali was his confessions. According to the report, in regards to murdering Mina, he told police agents, “After I kidnapped Mina, I threw her behind the Azadi Sport Complex.” In spite of this confession, inspectors could not find any information about Mina.


No information is available concerning Mr. Yar’ali’s defense.    


The court condemned Mr. Abbas Yar’ali to Qesas (death), 15 years imprisonment, and 74 lashes. Branch 34 of the Supreme Court confirmed the ruling. He was hanged at Qasr Prison yard on June 26, 2000.  


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