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One Person’s Story

Mehrdad R.


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: October 22, 2001
Location of Killing: Evin Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Robbery; Rape

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Mehrdad R., along with two others, was published in the Iran and Ettela’at newspapers on October 23, 2001. Additional information was taken from the Jomhuri Eslami newspaper on August 23, 1999. His case was related to the kidnapping and murder of several women in Tehran.

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of Mr. Mehrdad R.’s arrest and detention are not known.


Branch 1413 of the Special Court for State Employees tried Mr. Mehrdad R. No information is available on his trial.


The charges against Mr. Mehrdad R. and his collaborators were collectively announced as “rape, kidnapping, carjacking of a vehicle belonging to the Evin Prison, interfering with policing, and illegitimate relationships.”

According to the Public Relations Office of Tehran Provincial Courthouse, Mr. Mehrdad R. and his seven collaborators stole a police radio device and a vehicle belonging to the Prisons Organization and installed a rotating light and a forged license plate, and pretended to be police and Basiji agents, stopping cars for extortion with assault and battery in some cases. Mr. Mehrdad R. was also charged that he and two other defendants had kidnapped several young girls and women, taken them to predetermined locations, and raped them. (Jomhuri Eslami 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. International human rights organizations have drawn attention to reports indicating that the Islamic Republic authorities have brought trumped-up charges, including drug trafficking, sexual, and other criminal offences, against their opponents (including political, civil society activists, as well as unionists and ethnic and religious minorities). 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 and executed based on trumped-up charges is unknown.

Evidence of guilt

The evidence provided against Mr. Mehrdad R. included a police radio device and a vehicle belonging to the Prisons Organization with and installed rotating light and a forged license plate.


No information is available on Mr. Mehrdad R.’s defense.


The court condemned Mr. Mehrdad R. to death for rape, to 15 years imprisonment for kidnapping, to one year imprisonment and 40 lashes for carjacking of a vehicle belonging to the Evin Prison, to six months imprisonment for interfering with policing, and to 100 lashes for illegitimate relationships. The Supreme Court confirmed the ruling. He was hanged at the Evin Prison yard on October 22, 2001. 

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