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Omid, a memorial in defense of human rights in Iran
One Person’s Story

Ramezan Ali Farmani

About

Age: 46
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Islam
Civil Status: Married

Case

Date of Killing: May 24, 1979
Location: Kashan, Esfahan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Association with the Shah's idolatrous regime; Fighting against the revolution/blocking the path of God; Murder of persons and/or killing Muslims or/and freedom fighters

About this Case

The execution of Major Ramezan Ali Farmani was announced in the Kayhan newspaper on May 26, 1979. He is also one of 438 victims listed in a March 13, 1980 Amnesty International report. The report lists defendants who were convicted by Revolutionary Tribunals in the period from their inception until 12 August 1979. The list of victims and charges is drawn from sources including translations of indictments, reports of trials carried out by local and foreign media and the bulletins of the official Pars News Agency reports.

Additional information about Major Farmani has been sent to Omid via an electronic form. According to this source, he was married and had four children. He graduated from the military college. The form stated: “He was meticulous and he loved his work. He was a patriot and law-abiding. He always murmured verse of a poem about Iran.”

Arrest and detention

According to the electronic form, he was arrested at the central police station of Kashan as he wanted to take his personal items from work. The same source stated that during his detention he was not allowed to contact his family. No other detail is available regarding his arrest or detention.

Trial

Major Farmani was tried at the Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Kashan. Kayhan reported that there were two court session, which lasted for 10 hours all together.

Charges

The Kayhan newspaper stated that he was charged with: “collaboration with the previous regime, murder of innocent and defenseless individuals, raiding the Imam Khomeini High School and injuring the pupils”. The sender of the electronic form asserted that he was tried only due to his job and non-participation in the 1979 Revolution.

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

Kayhan wrote: “a large number of witnesses testified against the defendant regarding his killings”.

Defense

According to the electronic form, he was denied the right to be represented by an attorney. He did not have the right to appeal to the ruling of the court.

Judgment

The Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Kashan called Mr. Ramezan Ali Farmani a “corruptor on earth” and condemned him to death. He was executed by a firing squad at 4:30 a.m. on May 24 in Kashan. According to the electronic form, after the execution his body was returned to his family to be interred.

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