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One Person’s Story

Abbas Amiri


Age: 63
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Christianity
Civil Status: Married


Date of Killing: July 30, 2008
Location of Killing: Esfahan, Esfahan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Extrajudicial killing

About this Case

Mr. Amiri ran his house church in Malek Shahr area in Esfahan.

Information regarding the death of Mr. Abbas Amiri was published on the websites of Aasoo – Shahed Alavi (February 01, 2019), The Iranian Bible School and Radio Zamaneh (October 29, 2013), Voice of America (June 23, 2012), and Melliun (January 07, 2009).

Mr. Amiri was married and along with his wife, Ms. Sakineh Rahnema, was a Christian convert. After converting to Christianity, they used to secretly run a house church in their house in Malek Shahr area in Isfahan.

Mr. Abbas Amiri’s Death

Mr. Amiri died in hospital due to injuries from the beatings by the security and information officers in hospital on July 30, 2008.

According to the available information, while several christains were praying in the house church at Ms. Rahnama, and Mr. Amiri’s house on July 27, 2008, security officers attacked the church and arrested 6 women, 8 men, and 2 children. On the same night, security officers harshly beat Ms. Rahnama and her husband. Mr. Amiri went into coma due to severe injuries on his chest and due to old age, and died in the ICU of Shariati hospital in Esfahan on July 30, 2008 at 16:30 hrs.

Four days later, his wife, Ms. Rahnema also died of cardiac arrest due to injuries caused by the beatings from security officers and the pressure from the death of her husband on August 03, 2008.

Officials’ Reaction

According to the available information, when officers were handing over his body to his family, warned them that they wre not allowed to spread the news of his death, nor have a memorial service with black flags errupted at their housed or they will be harshly treated.  

Familys’ Reaction

Mr. Amiri’s family transferred his body to his birth town in Masjed Soleiman on Thursday, August 01, 2008 and buried him there. Although security agents were prohibiting people to enter the cemetry, his burial was held in the presence of some friends and relatives but sithout any religious ceremony.

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