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One Person’s Story

Ali Reza Sabahi


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: January 17, 2001
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 Sabahi, known as Sam, along with five others, was published in the Iran newspaper on January 18, 2001. Additional information was taken from the Iran newspaper on January 17, 2001. His case and the cases of two others were related to the murder of an individual on July 16, 1997.  

Arrest and detention

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


The Criminal Court in Tehran tried Mr. Sabahi. No information is available on his trial.


The charge brought against Mr. Sabahi was announced as “murder.” According to the report, in collaboration with another man and a young woman, he murdered the young woman’s husband.  

The validity of the criminal charges brought against this defendant cannot be ascertained in the absence of the basic guarantees of a fair trial.

Evidence of guilt

The report of this execution does not contain information regarding the evidence provided against Mr. Sabahi.


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


The Criminal Court in Tehran condemned Mr. Ali Reza Sabahi to death and the Supreme Court confirmed the ruling. He was hanged, along with five others, in Qasr Prison in Tehran on January 17, 2001. The victim’s wife was condemned to stoning; however, the Supreme Court rejected this ruling and condemned her to 12 years imprisonment and 99 lashes. The other defendant was not executed due to a pardon by the victim’s family. 

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