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One Person’s Story

Mohammad Sa'adat Fath

About

Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown

Case

Date of Killing: January 30, 2003
Location: Arak, Markazi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Rape

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Mohammad Sa’adat Fath, along with three others, was published in the Iran newspaper and on the Hadeseh website on February 1, 2003, and in the Ma’vi newspaper on February 5, 2003. According to these reports, he was the leader of a gang of four who allegedly kidnapped and raped young women.           

Arrest and Detention

According to the existing information, Mr. Sa’adat Fath was arrested at a phone kiosk in Hamid town when making a phone call to a victim’s house on December 8, 2002. His interrogation revealed that three other members of this group lived in Qom. By the order of a judge of the Public Court of Arak, police arrested these three individuals. (Iran newspaper)  

Trial

According to the Iran and Ma’vi newspaper, Branch 25 of the Public Court in Arak tried Mr. Sa’adat Fath; however, according to the Hadeseh website, Branch Two of the Arak Courthouse tried him.    

Charges

The charges against Mr. Sa’adat Fath and his collaborators were collectively announced as "kidnapping young girls, robbing their belongings, and raping them with force and intimidation."        Members of this gang picked up girls as passengers in their car, took them to a location outside the city threatening with a knife, and raped them. Then, they stole their victims’ gold and money and released them. (Iran newspaper)  

The validity of the criminal charges brought against this defendant cannot be ascertained in the absence of the basic guarantees of a fair trial.   

Evidence of Guilt

The evidence presented against Mr. Sa’adat Fath was his “confession,” the confession of his collaborators, and complaints by plaintiffs.

International human rights organizations have repeatedly condemned the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran for its systematic use of severe torture and solitary confinement to obtain confessions from detainees and have questioned the authenticity of confessions obtained under duress.

Defense

No information is available on Mr. Sa’adat Fath’s defense.    

Judgment

The court condemned Mr. Mohammad Sa’adat Fath to death and Branch 32 of the Supreme Court confirmed the ruling. He was hanged at the Qa’m Maqam Farahani Square in Arak on January 30, 2003.

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