Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

for Human Rights in Iran

Omid, a memorial in defense of human rights in Iran
One Person’s Story

Arash Golparian


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: January, 2009
Location of Killing: Central Prison, Sanandaj, Kordestan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Rape

About this Case

The news of the execution of Mr. Arash Golparian along with the three other defendants in this case was announced by the websites of Iran Human Rights (April 28, 2009) and Kurdistan Media (January 27, 2009). Additional information regarding this case was obtained from the interview conducted by Abdorrahman Boroumand Center with a former fellow inmate of the executed individual. Mr. Golparian was from Hamadan.  According to the available information, his case pertains to abduction and rape (Kurdistan Media, January 27, 2009). 

Arrest and Detention

There is no information available on the details of Mr. Golparian’s arrest and detention. He spent five years in prison (Kurdistan Media, January 27, 2009). An eyewitness who was in detention in Sanandaj Prison in the second half of 2007 testified to Mr. Golparian’s presence in the prison as an inmate during that time. According to this eyewitness, Mr. Golparian used to work in the prison infirmary while in detention there (ABC interview).


There is no information available on the session or sessions of Mr. Golparian’s trial.


According to the available information, Mr. Golparian was charged with “abduction and rape” (Kurdistan Media, January 27, 2009). According to the statements of an individual who used to be in detention in Sanandaj Prison at the same time, Mr. Golparian and the three other individuals incriminated in this case had been charged with raping a female student in the city of Hamadan (ABC interview).

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

There is no information available on the details of the evidence entered against Mr. Golparian.


There is no information available on the details of Mr. Golparian’s defense.


Mr. Arash Golparian was hanged along with the three other defendants in this case in Sanandaj Central Prison some time during the winter of 2009 (Iran Human Rights, April 28, 2009; Kurdistan Media, January 27, 2009). However, there is no information available on the exact date of this execution.

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