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One Person’s Story

Rahmat Ali Sa'adatyar


Age: 40
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: September 22, 2016
Location of Killing: Shahrud Prison, Shahrud, Semnan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug related offense
Age at time of alleged offense: 35

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Rahmat Ali Sa'adatyar, along with two other people, was reported by HRANA Website, the Human Rights Activists in Iran News Agency (September 26, 2016).

Mr. Sa'adatyar was 40 years old and he was from Garmsar.  His case has to do with illegal drugs crimes in 2011.

Arrest and detention

Mr. Sa'adatyar spent five years in prison.  However, the detailed circumstances of his arrest and detention are not known.


No information is available on Mr. Sa'adatyar’s trial.


The charge brought against Mr. Sa'adatyar was “crimes related to illegal drugs”.

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 report of this execution does not contain information regarding the evidence provided against the defendant.

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.


No information is available on Mr. Sa'adatyar’s defense.


Mr. Rahmat Ali Sa'adatyar was sentenced to death by hanging.  He was executed, along with another person*, at Shahrud Prison in Semnan Province, on Thursday September 22, 2016.


*Mr. Hossein Arab Ahmadi

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