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One Person’s Story

Feyzollah Mekhoubad


Age: 77
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Judaism
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: February 25, 1994
Location of Killing: Evin Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Unspecified execution method
Charges: Espionage

About this Case

At 77, Mr. Mekhoubad kept in touch with his family members abroad.   His connections with them and within Tehran’s Jewish community raised hostile suspicions.

The information on the execution of Mr. Feyzollah Mekhubad was released in an October 1994 United Nations' report prepared by Reynaldo Galindo Pohl, Special Representative of the Commission on Human Rights on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, and in a communication by the Iranian government to the UN Special Representative. (A/49/514, 14 October 1994 and A/49/514/Add.2, 4 November 1994). Further information was drawn from a May 1995 Amnesty International report entitled “Official secrecy hides continuing repression.”

Arrest and detention

Based on the available informationو Mr. Mekhoubad had been imprisoned in Evin Prison since May 1992 . The UN Special Representative refered to reports based on which “Mr. Mekhoubad was denied visits while in Evin prison, apart from very exceptional occasions, that he was effectively denied any legal defense following threats against lawyers who had been willing to assist him, and that he was kept in solitary confinement for prolonged periods”. He also noted that Mr. Mekhoubat was severely tortured reportedly for having denied the charges against him. “When his body was recovered, his face showed signs of severe disfigurement, notably swelling attributable to blows, further attested to by missing teeth and bruises in several places on his face”. Other reports of torture are mentioned in Amnesty International’s report regarding Mr. Mekhoubad: “during the last six months of his imprisonment he had been flogged on his back, limbs, and face, and had been beaten repeatedly, resulting in the loss of some teeth and a bruised face.” In its response to the UN inquiries, the Iranian government denied the allegations of torture against Mr. Mekhoubad.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


charged with espionage for the USA and Israel.

Evidence of guilt

According to Amnesty International, the charges against Mr. Mekhoubad “were reportedly based on telephone conversations he had with relatives and family members based in these two countries.” The defendant’s confessions may also have been used against him.


No information is available on Mr. Mekhoubad’s defense. However, Amnesty International noted that his arrest and execution may have been linked to “his religious beliefs and participation in activities within the Jewish community in Tehran.” The Special Representative further reported information based on which “Mr. Mekhoubad had asked expressed the wish to retract a former confession, extracted under torture, before his execution”. .


The Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal did not make the verdict against Mr. Mekhoubad public. Whether or not his body was returned to his family is not known. In its communication to the UN Special Representative, the Iranian government confirmed that the defendant was executed:” for espionage and sabotage and that his corpse had been buried in a Jewish cemetery according to the Jewish faith.” Based on the information received by Amnesty International, both his eyes were gouged out. The Iranian government did not respond to Amnesty International’s inquiries regarding Mr. Mekhoubad’s trial and judgment.

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