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One Person’s Story

Mehdi Rashidpur


Age: 25
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Married


Date of Killing: January 19, 2005
Location of Killing: Tabas, Khorasan\Khorasan-e Razavi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder

About this Case

The news of the execution of Mr. Mehdi Rashidpur was published in the web edition of the Hamshahri newspaper on January 23, 2005 and also in the web editions of the Kayhan and the Iran newspapers on January 20, 2005.

Arrest and detention

According to the Hamshahri newspaper, the Chief Justice of Yazd had stated that “The killer was a fugitive when he was arrested by the officers of the Central Information Administration in 2002 and transferred to the judiciary officials. He was arrested in Karaj where he used a pseudo name and worked as a construction worker. He was arrested due to the efforts of the judiciary organization and the Central Information Administration.” The Iran and the Jomhuri Eslami newspapers reported the date of arrest as 15 months after the crime.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


According to the Kayhan newspaper, in 2001, Mr. Rashidpur shot and killed four men and three women in Esfandiar, a village of Tabas. He then set two of the bodies on fire.

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. 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 the defendant. According to the Chief Justice of Yazd, the cause of these crimes was the killer’s suspicion that the victims had reported his father for drug trafficking. He also added that the murderer used a five bullet weapon belonging to his father in these killings.( Hamshahri)


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


According to Hamshahri, the Chief Justice of Yazd province stated that Mr. Rashidpur was sentenced to death in 2002. However, due to his ability to pay the blood money to the family of the victims, the execution was postponed. Traveling to the province, the Head of the Judiciary declared Mr. Rashidpur "at war with God" and advised a public execution at Tabas Square. Mr. Mehdi Rashidpur was hanged at dawn on January 19, 2005.

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