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One Person’s Story

Ahmad Bakhtiari


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: June 22, 1996
Location of Killing: Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Unspecified execution method
Charges: Unknown charge

About this Case

Mr. Ahmad Bakhtiari is among the 64 individuals listed in the United Nations Interim Report (11 October 1996) on the Situation of Human Rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran prepared by the Special Representative of the Commission, Mr. Maurice Danby Copithorne (Canada). The Special Representative specified that he was able to hold a private meeting with Mr. Bakhtiari during his visit to Evin prison in Tehran on 13 February 1996. Mr. Bakhtiari’s case was also mentioned in an August 1996 news release by Amnesty International, which expressed concern about “many, if not most” of the trials in that year being “unfair.”

Reportedly, Mr. Bakhtiari, an agricultural engineer by profession, was a member of the People’s Fedaiyan Organization of Iran (Minority).

Arrest and detention

Based on the Amnest International report, the defendant was arrested in February 1992.


Mr. Bakhtiari’s trial was held in January 1993 and he was sentenced to death. However, the sentence was overturned by the Supreme Court, which returned the case to a lower court. The second trial was held a year later in 1994.


The charges brought against the defendant were not specified.

Evidence of guilt

There is no information about the evidence presented against the defendant.


The Amnesty International report emphasized that Mr. Bakhtiar did not have a lawyer.


Mr. Bakhtiari was sentenced to death for the second time in 1994. More than two years later, he was executed, following confirmation by the Supreme Court, and a rejection of his plea for clemency from the General Amnesty Board.

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