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One Person’s Story

Ali Damsaz


Age: 19
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: January 25, 2001
Location of Killing: Mazandaran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Ali Damsaz, 19, was published in the Jomhuri Eslami newspaper on January 27, 2001.

Arrest and detention

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


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


The charge brought against Mr. Damsaz was announced as “murder.” He was accused of murdering an eight-year-old boy from the Motorich Village near Mahmudabad in October of 2000.

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. Damsaz.


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


A court condemned Mr. Ali Damsaz to death. He was executed in Mahmudabad, Mazandaran, on January 25, 2001. No specific information is available about this execution.

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