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One Person’s Story

Ali Salehi


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: January 19, 2000
Location of Killing: Qasr Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Ali Salehi, along with three others, was published in the Iran newspaper on January 20, 2000. His case was related to the murder of a soldier from Police Station 14, who was patrolling, on August 6, 1999.

Arrest and detention

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


The Criminal Court of Tehran tried Mr. Salehi as the main defendant of this case. No information is available on his trial.


The charge brought against Mr. Salehi was announced as “murder.” According to the report, he and his friends got into a fight with two soldiers from Police Station 14 who were patrolling around Aliebn-Abitaleb Market in Tehran on August 6, 1999. Mr. Salehi killed one soldier with a knife and injured the other.

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 authorities have brought trumped-up charges, including drug trafficking, sexual, and other criminal offences, against their opponents (including political, civil society activists, as well as unionists and ethnic and religious minorities). 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 and executed based on trumped-up charges is unknown.

Evidence of guilt

The report of this execution did not provide any specific information on the evidence presented against Mr. Salehi.


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


The Criminal Court of Tehran condemned Mr. Ali Salehi to death. He was hanged, along with three others, in Qasr Prison on January 19, 2000 at dawn. No specific information is available about this execution.

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