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One Person’s Story

Mahmud Tavakkolpur

About

Nationality: Iran
Religion: Islam
Civil Status: Unknown

Case

Date of Killing: June, 1985
Location: Arak, Markazi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Unspecified counter-revolutionary offense; Attempt to assassinate or assassination of state dignitaries

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Mahmud Tavakkolpur, son of Hossein was reported in the Kayhan newspaper on June 24, 1985. According to this report, he was a sympathizer of the Mojahedin Khalq Organization.

Arrest and detention

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

Trial

Mr. Tavakkolpur was tried at the Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Arak. No further information is available on the trial.

Charges

According to this report, Mr. Tavakkolpur was charged with “assassination of Mostafa Haqshenas, the former head of Islamic Revolutionary Committee of Arak, identifying and assassinating members of the Hezbollah [Party of God], several times and throwing grenades at the library of the Islamic Association.”

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

According to the report, Mr. Tavakkolpur confessed to his crimes during his trial.

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. In the case of political detainees, these confessions are, at times, televised. The National Television broadcasts confessions during which prisoners plead guilty to vague and false charges, repent and renounce their political beliefs, and/or implicate others. Human rights organizations have also pointed to the pattern of retracted confessions by those prisoners who are freed.

Defense

No information is available on Mr. Tavakkolpur’s defense.

Judgment

The Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Arak sentenced Mr. Tavakolpur to death. The Supreme Court approved the sentence. He was hanged in public in Arak.

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