Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

for Human Rights in Iran

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One Person’s Story

Bahman Bahramzadeh

About

Nationality: Afghanistan
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown

Case

Date of Killing: March 5, 1979
Location of Killing: Shiraz, Fars Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Homosexual rape
Age at time of offense: 16

About this Case

Mr. Bahman Bahramzadeh, son of Qoli, is one of 438 victims listed in a March 13, 1980 Amnesty International report. Additional information is taken from an e-form sent to Boroumand Center by a person close to Mr. Bahramzadeh. The UN report lists defendants who were convicted by Revolutionary Tribunals in the period from their inception until 12 August 1979. The list of victims and charges is drawn from sources including translations of indictments, reports of trials carried out by local and foreign media and the bulletins of the official Pars News Agency reports. The execution of Mr. Bahramzadeh, along with two other individuals, was also announced by the Kayhan newspaper on March 6, 1979, and the Ayandegan newspaper on March 7.

Mr. Bahramzadeh was 16 and single.

International laws have strictly prohibited capital punishment for those who were under the age of 18 at the time of committing a crime. As a party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Iran has the obligation not to impose capital punishment for an offence committed before the age of eighteen.

Arrest and detention

The details of this defendant’s arrest and detention are not known. According to the Kayhan report, he and his two co-defendants were arrested a few days prior to their trial and execution.

Trial

No information is available on the defendant’s trial other than he was tried at the Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Shiraz.

Charges

According to the Ayandegan newspaper, Mr. Bahramzadeh and the other two individuals were charged with “sodomy with a 16 year old boy named Ebrahim.” “In accordance with the ruling of the religious court, Ebrahim was condemned to 100 lashes” and the verdict was carried out.

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’s authorities have brought trumped-up charges against their political opponents and executed them for drug trafficking, sexual, and other criminal offences. The exact number of people convicted based on trumped-up charges is unknown.

Evidence of guilt

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

Defense

No information is available on his defense.

Judgment

The Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Shiraz condemned Mr. Bahman Bahramzadeh to death. He was executed by a firing squad, along with his two co-defendants, at the Darolrahma cemetery in Shiraz.

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