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One Person’s Story

Jamshid Dini

About

Age: 57
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Married

Case

Date of Killing: July 25, 2016
Location of Killing: Central Prison (Nedamatgah), Karaj, Alborz Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking
Age at time of offense: 53

About this Case

did not have access to adequate medical care and treatment during the detention, though he could readily access illegal drugs in prison.

The information about the execution of Mr. Jamshid Dini, son of Puran and Javad, along with three other people* was obtained through Abdorrahman Boroumand Center’s interview with one of his relatives on July 17, 2018 (ABC interview) and an electronic form sent to the Abdorrahman Boroumand Center by one of his acquaintances on December 29, 2017. The news of this execution was confirmed by one of Mr. Dini’s cellmates in Karaj’s Central Prison.

Mr. Dini was born on February 27, 1960 in Tehran. He had a high school diploma and ran an audio and video device store in the city of Gohardasht, Alborz Province. After a while, he leased his store and started buying and selling cars in one of his friends’ car dealership. Mr. Dini was married with two children. He was interested in sports like swimming and bodybuilding; however, due to heart disease, he stopped doing bodybuilding. His relatives remember him as a family man. Mr. Dini had a criminal record related to drug trafficking in 2009-10.

Mr. Dini’s case was related to drug-related offences in 2012 in the city of Karaj.

Arrest and detention

On Sunday afternoon in September 9, 2012, the agents of the Drug Control Headquarters in the city of Karaj arrested Mr. Dini.

His relatives remember Mr. Dini as a family man.

An individual named Mr. Majid Farjad Pezeshk bought a car from Mr. Dini and owed him some money.  On September 9, 2012, Mr. Dini went to the debtor’s house to request his money back. Mr. Farjad Pezeshk was a drug dealer, so he offered Mr. Dini drugs for part of the payment. Due to Mr. Dini’s drug addiction, he accepted the offer, placed the drugs in his car, and drove toward his home. Since Mr. Farjad Pezeshk’s house was under surveillance by agents of the Drug Control Headquarters, agents followed Mr. Dini’s vehicle, arrested him before getting home, and transferred him to the Intelligence Headquarters in Gohardasht neighborhood in Karaj. The agents also raided Mr. Farjad Pezeshk’s house, arrested him and transferred him to the Intelligence Headquarters.

Mr. Farjad Pezeshk’s spouse called Mr. Dini’s family subsequently, and informed them of his arrest. Mr. Dini’s family hired a lawyer for him, but before the verdict was issued, the lawyer was not allowed to meet with his client. Mr. Dini’s first visit with his family took place about two months after his arrest, following the issuance of the court order. During this meeting, Mr. Dini told his family that he attempted to commit suicide by cutting his wrists while in detention at the Intelligence Headquarters in Gohardasht.

After a few days, Mr. Dini was transferred from the Detention Center of the Intelligence Headquarters to the fourth dormitory in the Central Prison in Karaj, where he was held for four years until the implementation of his court order. During that time, Mr. Dini did not have access to adequate medical treatment, and despite suffering from lumbar disc disease, the judicial and prison authorities did not allow him to undergo surgery, and Mr. Dini had to use elbow crutches to walk. Mr. Dini did not have access to medicines for his heart disease, though he was able to readily access illegal drugs in prison.

Mr. Dini’s family hired a lawyer for him, but before the verdict was issued, the lawyer was not allowed to meet with his client.

Two days prior to the implementation of the court order, Mr. Dini was transferred to solitary confinement in Karaj Central Prison. Mr. Dini’s last visit with his family took place one day before the implementation of the court order.

Trial

On September 16, 2012, Branch 4 of the Islamic Revolutionary Court in Karaj tried Mr. Dini and Mr. Farjad Pezeshk in one session. Mr. Dini’s family and lawyer were not informed about the court session until the court date. One of Mr. Dini’s cellmates called his family from prison and informed Mr. Dini’s spouse that he had been taken to the court for trial. Mr. Dini’s spouse then contacted the lawyer immediately. Despite the fact that Mr. Dini’s spouse and lawyer were present at court, they were not allowed to attend the trial, and Mr. Dini’s attorney was only able to file his defense statement. The trial session for both defendants in this case lasted less than 15 minutes.

Charges

The charge brought against Mr. Dini was “carrying and storing drugs.”

Evidence of guilt

The evidence provided against Mr. Dini was “295 grams of methamphetamine” discovered in his vehicle.

Defense

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

According to available information, Mr. Dini had a heart attack before the execution, and the enforcement officers took his dead body to the gallows for hanging.

Judgment

In October/November 2012, Branch 4 of the Islamic Revolutionary Court in Karaj sentenced Mr. Dini to two years in prison and execution. About two months later, the Supreme Court upheld the verdict.

Mr. Jamshid Dini was hanged in Karaj Central Prison along with three other people on July 25, 2016, while his family and attorney were not present.

The Islamic Revolutionary Court’s order was announced to Mr. Dini in prison. Contrary to the law, the order was not announced to his lawyer.

According to available information, Mr. Dini had a heart attack before the execution, and the enforcement officers took his dead body to the gallows for hanging. Mr. Dini’s body was delivered to his family the day after the execution and buried in Beheshte Sakineh Cemetary in Karaj.

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* Mr. Majid Farjad Pezeshk, Mr. Reza Teimuri, and Mr. Mehdi Bami.

 

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