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One Person’s Story

Mohammad Doost Mohammadi

About

Age: 27
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Islam (Shi'a)
Civil Status: Unknown

Case

Date of Killing: November, 2000
Location of Killing: Evin Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Sedition and/ or threat to public security
Age at time of offense: 23

About this Case

News and information regarding the execution of Mr. Mohammad Doost Mohammadi, son of Abolfazl, known as Mohammad-Tatar and Mohammad-Commando, was provided to Abdorrahman Boroumand Center via three electronic forms by persons familiar with his case (1/16/2021, 9/29/2020, 11/24/2016). News of his execution was also published in the Ettela’at newspaper on November 7, 2000.

Mr. Doost Mohammadi was born in Tehran in 1973. He was single, a professional with ninth grade education. According to one source, he was originally from Khalaj in Qom (e-form 1/16/21).      

Arrest and Detention

Information Ministry Agents arrested Mr. Doost Mohammadi at his house in Hossein Abad-e Dulab, in Tehran, in 1996 with an arrest warrant (e-forms 9/29/2020 and 11/24/2016). He was detained in Qasr and Evin prisons (e-form 11/24/2016). However, based on two other electronic forms, he was detained in Raja’i shahr prison (e-forms 1/16/2021, 9/29/2020). 

Trial

The Islamic Revolutionary Court of Tehran tried Mr. Doost Mohammadi.  

Charges

The charge against Mr. Mohammad Doost Mohammadi was announced as "negation of the internal security." His charges, according to the newspaper report, were described as, “initiating several fights and clashes with others and with officials; dishonoring the public savagely, including removing girls’ veils; committing heinous acts of sodomy, adultery, and having illegitimate relationships; having a single and secure house for acts incompatible with chastity; disturbing public order; blockading roads and extorting people; having parties and orgies; drinking, supplying, and selling alcoholic beverages on several occasions; dealing, possession, and using narcotics; and provoking prisoners to create riots.” (Ettela’t Newspaper 11/7/2020)   

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

No evidence existed against Mr. Doost Mohammadi (e-forms 1/16/2021, 11/24/2016).

Defense

According to a person who knew Mr.Doost Mohammadi, he was innocent and had not committed any crime (e-form 11/24/16).

Judgment

The Islamic Revolutionary Court of Tehran condemned Mr. Mohammad Doost Mohammadi to death and the Supreme Court confirmed the ruling. He was hanged in November of 2000 (Ettela’at Newspaper 11/7/2020).

Mr. Doost Mohammadi was hanged in public at the Emam Hossein Square in Tehran and his body was buried at Section 210 in the Behesht-e Zahra cemetery in Tehran (e-forms 11/6/21, 9/29/20).  But according to one electronic form, he was hanged at the Evin prison (e-form 11/24/16).

According to the available information, nobody came forward to kick off the chair from under Mr. Doost Mohammadi (to hang him), but Mr. Doost Mohammadi recognized a soldier from his neighborhood (Hossein Abad-e Dollab) and asked him to be the one to kick off the chair (e-form 9/29/2020).

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