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One Person’s Story

Mala' (Ala') Nasrollahi


Age: 25
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Married


Date of Killing: June 14, 2000
Location of Killing: Qasr Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder

About this Case

News of the conviction and execution of Mr. Mala’ (Ala’) Nasrollahi was published in the Etela’at newspaper on January 6, 1999, and in the Hamshahri newspaper on June 15, 2000. 

Arrest and Detention

According to the Ettela’at newspaper, quoting Mr. Nasrollahi, he was arrested an hour after committing the crime and was transferred to the hospital, since he had injured himself, too.  The circumstances of Mr. Nasrollahi’s arrest and detention are not known.  


Branch 1601 of the Criminal Special Court, Judge Hosseini-Kuhkamari presiding, investigated this case on January 5, 1999.  The victim’s mother stated in the court that her seventeen-year-old daughter had been engaged with the defendant for three years. She did not want to marry him, because of his accusations. However, with the hope of better behavior, they got married. His violent behavior and harassments, however, increased and, finally, after two months, he killed his wife.


The charge against Mr. Nasrollahi was announced as “murder.” According to the reports, he had murdered his wife by stabbing her twelve times with a knife and injuring himself on August 26, 1998. He had gone to a doctor’s office, who was his wife’s cousin, to bring his wife back home. However, when his wife did not want to go with him, he killed her.

Evidence of Guilt

The evidence provided against Mr. Nasrollahi was his confessions. He told the court: “I accept the charge of murdering my wife. I hope the plaintiffs’ wish comes true as soon as possible.”


No information is available concerning Mr. Nasrollahi's defense.  During an interview with the reporter of Etela’at newspaper, he stated, “We were relatives. My wife and her cousin would go out without my permission. On the day of the incident, I followed my wife and entered the doctor’s office around 3:00 p.m. At that time, I became angry and stabbed her and myself. Then, I left the office. I intended to kill her cousin, too, but I changed my mind. I was always following my wife, thinking that she might cheat on me. Sometimes I took pictures of her in the streets.” 


The court condemned Mr. Mala’ (Ala’) Nasrollahi to death. He was hanged in the Qasr prison yard on June 14, 2000. According to the Etela’at newspaper, the judge told the victim’s mother to pay the Diyeh (blood money) in order to carry out the ruling. However, the mother, who was financially covered by the Emdad [support] Committee, could not afford paying the Diyeh. Therefore, she asked the judge to use her daughter’s dowry of 100 gold coins to pay the Diyeh.  



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