Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

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One Person’s Story

Mehrdad Kalani


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: June 22, 1996
Location of Killing: Evin Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Unspecified execution method
Charges: Counter revolutionary offense

About this Case

Case Remarks

In an August 1996 news release, Amnesty International reports a dramatic increase in the number of executions in Iran. The case of Mr. Salim Sabernia is reported in the release as follows: “The worldwide organization has recorded up to 70 executions so far in 1996; there were about 50 recorded throughout 1995. The true figure may be much higher, as the organization believes many executions which are carried out are never reported. Of these 20 per cent have been of political prisoners, convicted on charges such as membership of, and activities on behalf of, opposition groups and espionage. Amnesty International is concerned that many, if not most, of these trials were unfair. Some of those executed have reportedly included people sentenced to death several years ago. ... Others reportedly included…Mehrdad Kalani (a member of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran), sentenced to death in early 1994, and executed on 22 June 1996. …” The report provides no information regarding the charges and the evidence presented against Mr. Kalani. There is no mention of an appeal process.

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