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One Person’s Story

Mohammad Ali Mehdizadeh


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: August, 2000
Location of Killing: Kerman, Kerman Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Mohammad Ali Mehdizadeh was published in the Iran newspaper on September 3, 2000. He was a civil engineer.

Arrest and detention

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


No information is available on Mr. Mehdizadeh’s trial.


The charge brought against Mr. Mehdizadeh was announced as “murder.” According to the existing information, he had gone to his ex-wife’s house and killed her, firing three times, 18 months after they were divorced. 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

According to the existing information, the evidence presented against Mr. Mehdizadeh was his “confession.”

International human rights organizations have repeatedly condemned the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran for its systematic use of severe torture and solitary confinement to obtain confessions from detainees and have questioned the authenticity of confessions obtained under duress.


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


The Kerman Court condemned Mr. Mohammad Ali Mehdizadeh to death and the Supreme Court confirmed the ruling. He was hanged in Kerman in September of 2000. No specific information is available about this execution.

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