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One Person’s Story



Nationality: Iran
Religion: Unknown
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: January 23, 2002
Location of Killing: Central Prison (Vakilabad Prison), Mashhad, Khorasan\Khorasan-e Razavi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Rape

About this Case

News of the execution of an unknown person, along with three others, was published on the website of Khorasan newspaper on January 24, 2002. According to the existing information, the case against this person was related to the rape of a woman at Kalzarkesh, near Mashhad, in April of 2001.

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of the defendant’s arrest and detention are not known.


Branch 41 of the Public Court of Mashhad tried this defendant and three others. No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


The charge brought against the defendant was announced as “rape.” He was charged that he, and three others, using force and threatening with a knife, raped a woman at Kalzarkesh near Mashhad in April of 2001.

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 the defendant. 


No information is available on the defendant’s defense.


Branch 41 of the Public Court of Mashhad condemned the defendant and three others to death. He was hanged, along with three others, in Mashhad Central Prison on January 23, 2002 at dawn. No specific information is available about this execution.

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