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One Person’s Story

Ali Reza Taraqikhah


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 Reza Taraqikhah, along with three others, was published in the Iran newspaper on January 20, 2000. His case was related to the murder of a 24-year-old man in Tehran during a fight on June 7, 1998. 

Arrest and detention

Mr. Taraqikhah was arrested in June of 1998 following the murder of a man. The circumstances of his arrest and detention are not known.


Branch 1608 of the Criminal Court of Tehran tried Mr. Taraqikhah. No information is available on his trial.


The charge brought against Mr. Taraqikhah was announced as “murder.” He was charged with the murder of a neighbor by blows of a knife on June 7, 1998. According to the report, after he had a fight with his wife, neighbors gathered in front of his house and he attempted to disperse them. No detailed information is available on his charges.

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. Taraqikhah.


No information is available on Mr. Taraqikhah’s defense. According to the report, he was very angry during the fight with his wife, and when neighbors gathered, he committed the murder because of his extreme anger and agitation.  


Branch 1608 of the Criminal Court of Tehran condemned Mr. Ali Reza Taraqikhah 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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