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One Person’s Story

Fatollah Ramezani


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Islam (Shi'a)
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: July 29, 1997
Location of Killing: Khoramabad, Lorestan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Sedition and/ or threat to public security

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Fathollah Ramezani (known as Hilu), son of Mirza, was sent to Abdorrahman Boroumand Center via four electronic forms by persons familiar with this case. (e-forms 1/12/2019, 1/10/2019, 1/9/2019, and 10/30/2010). News of Mr. Ramezani’s execution, along with the execution of Mr. Hemat Alipur, was published in Kayhan newspaper, as well as the website of Hamshahri newspaper, on July 30, 1997. 

Mr. Ramezani was born in 1960 in Darb-e Dalakan neighborhood in Khoramabad,  Lorestan province. He had a fifth grade education. He was a freedom loving person. He had blue eyes and a long golden beard (e-forms 1/9/2019 & 10/30/2010).  

Arrest and Detention

Mr. Ramezani was arrested by the agents of the Ministry of Intelligence. At the time of his arrest, he was surrounded by the agents but they did not dare getting close to him, until the head of the agents brought a Quran and asked Mr. Ramezani to surrender himself out of respect for the Quran. Mr. Ramezani then surrendered himself and was placed in restraints (handcuffs and chains around his ankles). Mr. Ramezani was tortured  at the time of his arrest; according to an eye witness, the same person who sworen Mr. Ramezani to Quran ordered the agents to beat him. Mr. Ramezani spent eleven years in the central prison of Khorramabad. (e-forms 1/10/2019 & 1/9/2019) 


Mr. Ramezani’s trial took place in Branch 27 of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Tehran. Mr. Ramezani did not have access to a lawyer (e-form 1/9/2019). 


The media reports quoted the Chief Judge of Branch two of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Khorramabad announcing the charges against Mr. Fathollah Ramezani as "disturbing the public order, spreading insecurity and fear among people, undermining public security and comfort by demonstration of drunkenness, yelling, hooliganism, moral corruption, participation in conflict on June 2, 1997, and insulting the religious sanctities." The reports do not explain the conflict on June 2, 1997. According to the electronic form, Mr. Ramezani was arrested because of fabricated charges of murder of two revolutionary guards and being anti-revolutionary (e-form 1/12/2019). 

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 Islamic Republic authorities have brought trumped-up charges against their political opponents and executed them for alleged 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 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 Mr. Ramezani.  


No information is available on Mr. Ramezani’s defense. 


The court condemned Mr. Fathollah Ramezani as a "Corruptor on Earth" to 80 lashes and death, and the ruling was confirmed by the Supreme Court. On the morning of July 29, 1997, he received the lashes and was hanged in public, in front of Bakhtar hospital in Shohada square of Khorramabad. 

Mr. Ramezni was buried by the regime’s agents; thousands of them were present for his burial. The agents marked his grave with mud and did not allow his family to place a gravestone. (e-form 1/9/2019)

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