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One Person’s Story

Mohammad Eskani

About

Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown

Case

Date of Killing: November 5, 2006
Location: Iranshahr, Sistan Va Baluchestan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Mohammad Eskani, son of JonMohammad, along with another individual was announced by Kayhan daily (November 6-7, 2006) and the website of Khabar-e Jonoub (November 8, 2006), both citing the Public Relations section of the provincial Ministry of Justice office of Sistan and Baluchistan. Additional information is collected from the websites of Baztab (October 29, 2006) Che Khabara (December 29, 2005) and Fars News agency (April 23, 2008).

Mr. Eskani’s case was related to Armed road blockage and murder of a President’s guard in 2005.

Arrest and detention

One person was arrested in the mountains of Afshan village in Sistan Va Baluchestan by the Jakigor border guards on December 28, 2005 in connection with the murder of a President’s guard. He was in prison for a year; however there is no further information available on his arrest and detention.

Trial

Public Prosecutor’s office of Iranshahr tried Mr. Eskani. There is no information available on the details of his trial session/s.

Charges

The charges brought against Mr. Eskani was announced as “Armed blockage of the roads and murder of the President’s guard”.

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

Mr. Eskani’s confessions was brought as evidence against him..

International human rights organizations have repeatedly condemned the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran for its systematic use of severe torture and solitary confinement to obtain confessions from detainees and have questioned the authenticity of confessions obtained under duress.

Defense

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

Judgment

The Public Prosecutor’s Office of Iranshahr sentenced Mr. Mohammad Eskani to death. This sentence was approved by the Supreme Court. Mr. Eskani and one other person were hanged in Iranshahr in public on November 05, 2006.

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