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One Person’s Story



Age: 35
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Married


Date of Killing: May 21, 2001
Location of Killing: Evin Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Stoning
Charges: Corruption on earth

About this Case

The news of this execution was reported in an Amnesty International urgent action dated 11 July 2001 based on newspaper reports of May 21, 2001. This un-named woman was reportedly executed after serving eight years.

Amnesty notes that "stoning to death is the punishment for adultry under the Iranian Penal Code. According to the Penal Code, men should be buried in a pit in the ground up to their waists, and women buried up to their chests. Individuals who manage to dig themselves out and escape from the pit whilst the stoning is being carried out have their lives spared. Article 104 of the Penal Code states that ‘...stones should not be too large so that the person dies on being hit by one or two of them...’ and is designed to cause grievous pain leading to eventual death".

...An article concerning this urgent action was published in the [English-language] Tehran Times newspaper on 18 January. It stated that ‘The West intentionally wants to interfere in internal matters of Iran, leveling baseless charges.’ It also said, ‘Such a move by Amnesty is nothing but open interference in Iran's internal affairs.”

International human rights organizations have drawn attention to reports indicating that the Islamic Republic’s authorities have brought trumped up charges against their political opponents and executed them for drug trafficking, sexual, and other criminal offences. Each year, Iranian authorities sentence to death hundreds of alleged common criminals, following judicial processes that fail to meet international standards. The validity of the criminal charges brought against these defendants cannot be ascertained in the absence of the basic guarantees of a fair trial. The exact number of people convicted based on trumped-up charges is unknown.

Arrest and detention

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


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


The charge against the defendant is being "corrupt on earth" for appearing in a pornographic film.

Evidence of guilt

The reported evidence presented against the defendant is a witness testimony that she was the woman in the film.


The defendant reportedly denied any involvement in the film. There is no further information on her defense.


The defendent was convicted of corruption on earth, and sentenced to eight years in prison followed by death by stoning, carried out sometime before May 21, 2001. Her sentence was appealed and upheld by the Iranian Supreme Court.

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