Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

for Human Rights in Iran

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One Person’s Story

Rahim Rashidi


Age: 50
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Islam (Sunni)
Civil Status: Married


Date of Killing: October 30, 2013
Location of Killing: Central Prison (Adelabad), Shiraz, Fars Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug possession
Age at time of alleged offense: 46

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Rahim Rashidi, son of Jafar, was obtained from an interview conducted by the Abdorrahman Boroumand Center with a person close to him (September 10, 2017). Additional information about the execution of Mr. Rashidi and two other individuals was obtained from Kordpa and Forat News Agencies (October 30, 2013).

Mr. Rashidi was married and had three sons and two daughters. He was an ethnic Kurd, adherent of the Sunni branch of Islam, and was from the village of Jatar in Suma-ye Beradust District, located in Orumieh County in West Azarbaijan Province. He was a clergyman and was the Prayer Imam in the village of Qolanji. From 1979 to 1983-84, Mr. Rashidi was a member of the secret organization of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan.

According to available information, Mr. Rashidi was arrested in 1993 for drug trafficking and was pardoned and released from jail after spending 11 years in Orumieh and Bandar Abbas prisons.

“My uncle was a very patriotic man. He was zealously proud of being a Kurd [and of his Kurdish heritage]. He tried to bring up the subject of and talk about Kurdish rights and the Kurds’ right to self-determination in every village or gathering he went to. He had even been warned a couple of times not to get involved in politics and to just do his job as a cleric and ‘not talk to people about political matters and not try to bring them toward you and your positions].” (Boroumand Center Interview with Mr. Rashidi’s nephew).

Mr. Rashidi’s case is related to drug-related crimes in 2009 in the city of Shiraz.

Arrest and detention

I early 2010, the Police stopped Mr. Rashidi’s car at a stop and search post on the Shiraz-Tehran highway, and arrested him after searching his car. (Boroumand Center Interview).

Mr. Rashidi was taken to the Information Administration detention center in the city of Shiraz. After a while, security agents transferred him to Shiraz Central Prison. He was incarcerated for four years at the Shiraz Central Prison.

Because his family lived far away, Mr. Rashidi could only have in-person visitations his family once a month. His family hired an attorney for him after his arrest and he had the opportunity to have access to and meet with his attorney. (Boroumand Center Interview with Mr. Rashidi’s nephew).


Mr. Rashidi’s trial convened in mid-October 2013, but there are no details available regarding the details of the trial session(s).


The charges brought against Mr. Rashidi were “possession and transportation of narcotic drugs”.

According to available information, Mr. Rashidi was owed money by a person in Shiraz and had gone there in order to get his money back. After paying his debt, the debtor concealed four or five kilos of Morphine in Mr. Rashidi’s car without his knowledge, and then informed the police.

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 Islamic Republic authorities have brought trumped-up charges against their political opponents and executed them for alleged drug trafficking, sexual, and other criminal offences. 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 presented against Mr. Rashidi was stated as “discovery of four or five kilograms of the narcotic Morphine in his car, and his prior criminal record”.


According to Mr. Rashidi’s nephew, he had no knowledge of the drugs having been concealed in his car. In order to confirm his lack of knowledge, he asked the court to conduct a fingerprint test but the court did not grant the request. The judge had also told Mr. Rashidi at trial that he would get a reduced sentence if he changed his religion from Sunni Islam to Shiite Islam. Mr. Rashidi did not accept that offer. No further information is available regarding Mr. Rashidi’s other defenses.


On October 30, 2013, Mr. Rahim Rashidi and two other individuals were hanged at Shiraz’ Adelabad Prison.

In his last days in prison, Mr. Rashidi was in a dire mental state, [partially] due to the fact that they had changed the date of his hanging several times. He did not recognize his family members and laughed for no reason.

The authorities informed Mr. Moradi’s family of his execution in the afternoon of the day of the hanging so they could turn his body over to them. Mr. Rashidi’s family buried him in the village of Jatar. A large crowd had shown up for Mr. Rashidi’s burial. The Revolutionary Guards Corps’ plainclothes agents supervised and controlled the funeral procession.

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