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One Person’s Story

Morteza Yazdani


Age: 33
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Islam
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: February 14, 2001
Location of Killing: Shiraz, Fars Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Acts incompatible with chastity

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Morteza Yazdani was published in the Jomhuri-Eslami newspaper on February 15, 2001.

Arrest and detention

According to the Head of Fars Provincial Courthouse, Yazdani was on the run and arrested by the Fars security forces. The date and circumstances of his arrest and detention are not known.


Branch 29 of the Public Court of Shiraz tried Mr. Yazdani. No information is available on his trial.


The charges brought against Mr. Yazdani were announced as “nine counts of kidnapping and acts incompatible with chastity.” According to the report, quoting the Head of Fars Provincial Courthouse, he had kidnapped children with his private car and committed acts incompatible with chastity.  

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 report of this execution does not contain information regarding the evidence provided against Mr. Yazdani.


No information is available on Mr. Yazdani’s defense.


The court condemned Mr. Morteza Yazdani to death, 15 years imprisonment, and 99 lashes. The Supreme Court confirmed the ruling. He was hanged at the Emam Hossein Square in Shiraz on February 14, 2001, after the lash ruling against him was carried out at the Adelabad Prison.  

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