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One Person’s Story

Zakaria Zera'atgar


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: January, 1997
Location of Killing: Amol, Mazandaran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Unspecified execution method
Charges: Murder

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Zakaria Zera’atgar, a resident of the village of Sa’ich in Amol (Mazandaran province), was published in the Kayhan newspaper on January 24, 1997.

Arrest and Detention

The circumstances of this defendant’s arrest and detention are not known.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial. According to the newspaper report, the trial of this defendant took place in an Amol court.


The charge against Mr. Zakaria Zera’atgar was announced as “murdering Habibollah Khakpur.” There are no details about the charge in the newspaper report.

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. 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 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.


No information is available on Mr. Zera’atgar’s defense.


According to the Kayhan newspaper, the court condemned Mr. Zakaria Zera’atgar to death and, after the ruling was confirmed by the Supreme Court, he was executed.

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