Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

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One Person’s Story

Ali Reza Ramezanpur


Age: 56
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Married


Date of Killing: November 13, 2001
Location of Killing: Bandar Anzali, Gilan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Ali Reza (Hamid) Ramezanpur was published in the Iran newspaper on November 15, 2001. Additional information was taken from the Ettela’at newspaper on July 15, 2000. Mr. Ramezanpur, known as Hamid and son of Manaf, was from Bandar-e Anzali and worked at the Chuka Industrial Complex. Mr. Ramezanpur’s case pertained to the July 12, 2000 murder of his wife and two children.    

Arrest and Detention

Mr. Ramezanpour turned himself in at a police station in Rasht at 6:00 AM on Thursday, July 13, 2000. 


Branch 7 of the Public Court of Bandar-e Anzali tried Mr. Ramezanpur. They referred his case to the Supreme Court at the behest of Ramezanpur’s court-appointed attorney. 


The charge against Mr. Ramezanpur was announced as "murder”. He was accused of murdering his wife and two children.The validity of the criminal charges brought against this defendant cannot be ascertained in the absence of basic guarantees of fair trial.

Evidence of Guilt

The evidence against Mr. Ramezanpur comprised his “confessions”. Mr. Ramezanpur confessed that he had suffocated his wife and two children with a blanket. According to the judge in the case, Mr. Ramezanpur (who had become unemployed a year and a half before the incident) admitted in his confession that he had “decided to put his children to rest” for the sake of “relieving his own pains and hardships”. The judge stated that specialists had investigated Mr. Ramezanpur’s physical and mental health and confirmed that he was of sound mind.


No detailed information is available regarding Mr. Ramezanpur’s defense. Mr. Ramezanpur stated that he had been in a desperate state since a year and half before the incident owing to difficulties related to the loss of his job. 


The court condemned Mr. Ali Reza Ramezanpur to 74 lashes and death, and the Supreme Court confirmed the ruling. He was hanged in public at the Bibi-Hurieh Square in Bandar-e Anzali on November 13, 2001. 


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