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One Person’s Story

Naser Charkh

About

Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown

Case

Date of Killing: July 19, 1980
Location: Zahedan, Sistan Va Baluchestan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Unspecified execution method
Charges: Corruption on earth; War on God, God's Prophet and the deputy of the Twelfth Imam

About this Case

The information about the execution of Mr. Naser Charkh and three other individuals has been taken from the communiqué of the Prosecutor’s Office of the Sistan and Baluchestan province and published in the Jomhuri Eslami newspaper, dated July 20, 1980.

According to this communiqué, when Mr. Charkh and four other police officers left their headquarters in Rask (Sistan and Baluchestan province) on a mission, they were attacked by rebels on the road and their arms were forcefully taken away from them. One of the officers was killed in the confrontation. Based on the news published Jomhuri Eslami, a few days after the Rask incident, 11 members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps were killed by rebels in a similar event. The Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Sistan and Baluchestan convicted the remaining four men from the Rask incident on the grounds that “if [they] had not given up their ammunition [to the rebels], which is in itself a great conspiracy, the rebels would have never gotten the false idea that they could also steal the ammunition of the Revolutionary Guards without any resistance.” There is no evidence upon which to verify the veracity of these claims or the existence of any connection between the two mentioned events.

Arrest and detention

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

Trial

There is no information regarding this trial other than the defendants were tried at the Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Sistan and Baluchestan.

Charges

The collective charges brought against Mr. Charkh and his three codefendants have been published in the newspaper as “submission of arms to murders of 10 martyred Revolutionary Guards”.

The validity of the criminal charges brought against this defendant cannot be ascertained in the absence of the basic guarantees of a fair trial.

Evidence of guilt

No information is available concerning the evidence presented against the accused.

Defense

No information is available concerning Mr. Charkh’s defense.

Judgment

The Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal named Mr. Naser Charkh a “corruptor on earth” and “at war with God and hid prophet” and condemned him to death. He was executed, along with his three codefendants, in Rask at 9 p.m. on July 19, 1980.

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