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One Person’s Story

Rahmatollah Eskandarzadeh

About

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

Case

Date of Killing: May 12, 1990
Location: Central Prison (Adelabad), Shiraz, Fars Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking
Age at time of offense: 28

About this Case

was hanged in Adelabad Prison in Shiraz along with 14 others.

News and information about the execution of Mr. Rahmatollah Eskandarzadeh, son of Koohzad, along with 14 other people* was obtained through Abdorrahman Boroumand Center (ABC) interviews with Mrs. Homa Shahsavaripur (one of Mr. Eskandarzadeh’s codefendants’ child) on May 15, September 25, and October 11, 2018, ABC interviews with Mr. Reza Shahsavaripur (one of Mr. Eskandarzadeh’s codefendants’ child) on January 8 and 10, and February 28, 2018, ABC interview with one of Mr. Habibollah Keivan’s acquaintances (one of Mr. Eskandarzadeh’s codefendants) on June 25, 2018, and ABC interview with a relative of Mr. Mohammad Ali Esma’ili Bolurdi (another codefendant of Mr. Eskandarzadeh).

Mr. Eskandarzadeh was born on 1958. He was married with two children. Mr. Eskandarzadeh was 32 years old at the time of execution.

Mr. Eskandarzadeh’s case pertained to drug related offences in 1986 in Sirjan County.

At the time of execution, Mr. Eskandarzadeh was 32 years old, married with two children.

Arrest and detention

In late October 1986-early November 1986, agents of the Khalili Komiteh in Shiraz (Center for Combating Narcotics and Social Corruption) arrested Mr. Eskandarzadeh (ABC interview with one of Mr. Keivan’s acquaintances). After some months, he was transferred to Adelabad Prison in Shiraz and was held there for about four years until the execution date (ABC interview with Mr. Reza Shahsavaripur). The circumstances of Mr. Eskandarzadeh’s arrest and detention are not known.

Trial

Branch Six of the Office of the Assistant Public Prosecutor in Shiraz conducted initial investigations in the case of Mr. Eskandarzadeh and other codefendants in this case. Then the case was sent to the Sharia Judge of the Revolutionary Court in Shiraz (ABC interview with Mr. Reza Shahsavaripur). The last trial session was held in 1989. No information is available on the exact date and details of Mr. Eskandarzadeh’s trial sessions.

Charges

According to interviewees, the charge brought against Mr. Eskandarzadeh was “drug trafficking.”

The validity of the criminal charges brought against these defendants cannot be ascertained in the absence of the basic guarantees of a fair trial. 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.

Mr. Eskandarzadeh’s body was buried in Sirjan County in Kerman province along with four other codefendants in his case.

Evidence of guilt

The report of this execution does not contain information regarding the evidence provided against Mr. Eskandarzadeh.

Defense

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

Judgment

The Sharia Judge of the Revolutionary Court in Shiraz sentenced Mr. Rahmatollah Eskandarzadeh to death. The Supreme Court upheld the verdict and he was executed immediately.

Mr. Rahmatollah Eskandarzadeh was hanged in Adelabad Prison in Shiraz along with 14 others on May 12, 1990.

Mr. Eskandarzadeh’s body was buried in Sirjan County in Kerman province along with four other codefendants in his case.

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*   Mr. Gholamreza (Mozafar) Shahsavaripur, Mr. Mohammad Ali Esma’ili Bolurdi, Mr. Alibaz Eskandari Nasab, and Mr. Habibollah Keivan were among the people were executed along with Mr. Eskandarzadeh. No information is available regarding to other individuals were executed at the same time along with Mr. Eskandarzadeh.

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