Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

for Human Rights in Iran

https://www.iranrights.org
Omid, a memorial in defense of human rights in Iran
One Person’s Story

Mehdi Bami

About

Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown

Case

Date of Killing: July 25, 2016
Location: Central Prison (Nedamatgah), Karaj, Alborz Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug related offense

About this Case

was hanged in Karaj Central Prison along with three other people on July 25, 2016.

News and information regarding Mr. Mehdi Bami’s execution along with three other people was obtained through Abdorrahman Boroumand Center’s interview with one of his cellmates in Karaj’s Central Prison on July 20, 25, and 26, 2016. The news of this execution was confirmed by an informed person who spoke with a staff member at Karaj’s Central Prison.

Mr. Bami’s case pertained to drug-related offences in the city of Karaj.  

Arrest and detention

Mr. Bami was held in the third dormitory in the Central Prison in Karaj. Several days prior to the implementation of the court order, Mr. Bami was transferred to solitary confinement in Karaj Central Prison. His last visit with his family took place on July 24, 2016 (ABC interview).

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

Trial

No information is available on Mr. Bami’s trial.

Charges

The charge brought against Mr. Bami was “storing drugs” (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). Thousands of alleged drug traffickers have been sentenced to death following judicial processes that fail to meet international standards. Scores of them were executed based on a 1989 law imposing mandatory death sentences on drug traffickers found in possession of specified amounts of proscribed narcotics (5 kg of hashish or opium, and more than 30 grams of heroin, codeine or methadone). The exact number of people convicted based on trumped-up charges is unknown.

Evidence of guilt

The evidence provided against Mr. Bami was “approximately 3 kilograms of drugs” (ABC interview). The report of this execution does not contain detailed information regarding the evidence provided against Mr. Bami.

Defense

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

Judgment

Mr. Mehdi Bami was hanged in Karaj Central Prison along with Mr. Jamshid Dini, Mr. Mr. Majid Farjad Pezeshk, and Reza Teimouri on July 25, 2016.

There is no information on the verdict leading to this execution.

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