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One Person’s Story

Rahman

About

Age: 26
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown

Case

Date of Killing: September 17, 2001
Location: Karaj, Alborz Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Adultery; Murder

About this Case

Information regarding the execution of Mr. Rahman was published in the Iran newspaper on May 19, 2005. According to this report, he confessed that he had a relationship with the wife of an imprisoned prayer writer. After awhile, she told him that a man named Hossein harassed her and asked Mr. Rahman to end the harassment. He planned to befriend the victim and while they were in his car, he stabbed him in the neck and his brother also stabbed the victim in the side. The two brothers then left the body in the wilderness and burned the car.

Arrest and detention

According to the report, on October 2, 1998, a man went to the police station at Baghestan and reported the missing of his brother, Hossein. The next day, the burned car of the missing man was found in Sarvabad and his body was recovered at Palangabad in Eshtahard later in the evening. Police tracked the victim’s phone and identified Raman, 23, and his brother, 17. They were able to seek and arrest Mr. Rahman.

Trial

Branch 116 of the Criminal Court of Karaj tried Mr. Rahman. No information is available on his trial.

Charges

The charges brought against Mr. Rahman were announced as “murder, adultery, and robbery.”

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

The evidence presented against Mr. Rahman was his “confession” and the confession of his brother and the woman with whom he had the relationship.

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.

Defense

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

Judgment

The court condemned Mr. Rahman to death for murder, 30 lashes and paying the value of the car to the victim’s family for robbery and burning the car, and to another 100 lashes for adultery. The Supreme Court confirmed the ruling. He was hanged in Karaj on September 17, 2001. 

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