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One Person’s Story

Rahim Ali Akbaridust


Age: 32
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Married


Date of Killing: 1997
Location of Killing: Lahijan, Gilan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Rahim Ali Akbaridust was published in the Kayahn newspaper on October 12, 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. The trial of this defendant took place in Branch 4 of Lahijan court.


According to the Kayahn newspaper reporter in Lahijan, the charge against the defendant was announced as "murdering his wife, Hajar Rakhshandeh, by shooting and spraying acid in August of 1997."

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’s authorities have brought trumped-up charges against their political opponents and executed them for 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. Akbaridust's defense.


The court condemned Mr. Rahim Ali Akbaridust to death and he was hanged in the Lahijan prison yard.

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