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One Person’s Story

Farhad Rahmanpur

About

Age: 23
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Married

Case

Date of Killing: October 27, 2002
Location of Killing: Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder
Age at time of offense: 22

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Farhad Rahmanpur was published on the website of the Jomhuri Eslami newspaper, in the Iran newspaper, and on the website of Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) on October 28, 2002. Additional information was taken from the Iran newspaper on June 8, 9, 22, and 29, 2002, and the Jamejam newspaper on June 28, 2002. He was married with one child and a cook. However, he was unemployed at the time of the incident. His case was related to the murder of a mother and her two children at their house in Moniri Street in Javadieh, Tehran, on June 3, 2002.

Arrest and detention

Mr. Rahmanpur was arrested by detectives of the Homicide Branch of Criminal Investigators of Tehran at the Hosseinabad Village near Fuman on June 4, 2002. After interrogating the victims’ parents, police found a clue and realized that Mr. Rahmanpur, who lived close by, had travelled, along with his family, to Fuman overnight. Police arrested him in his relative’s house at the Hosseinabad Village. They transferred him to Tehran with a temporary arrest warrant. (Iran newspaper, June 8, 2002)

Trial

Branch 1608 of the Criminal Court of Tehran tried Mr. Rahmanpur. He was tried out of turn, only 23 days after his arrest, on June 27, 2002.  No information is available on his trial.

Charges

The charges brought against Mr. Rahmanpur were announced as “murdering a woman and her two children, and robbery.” According to the existing information, he went to the victims’ house and murdered his uncle’s wife and her two children by blows of a knife.  

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. Rahmanpur was “recovery of five gold chains and bracelets from his home, and his confession.” (Iran newspaper, June 8, 2002)

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

Mr. Rahmanpur defended himself during the trial. He accepted the killing but stated that it all happened in a moment when he was crazy and was not aware of what he was doing. His motive was robbery. He also stated that he had no addiction and never had any. He also had no record of illness except being nervous (Iran newspaper, June 29, 2002). His public defender also offered some explanation during the trial. However, no information is available on his defense (Jamejam newspaper on June 28, 2002).

Mr. Rahmanpur had no criminal record. After the forensics’ experts visited and studied him, they announced that he was not suffering from any psychological illness. In an interview, the judge stated that the defendant’s confession regarding the motivation for committing the murders had not been convincing. The defendant reported robbery as his motive for committing the murders during police and judicial interrogations; however, considering the low value of the stolen gold, there must be another motive. It was difficult for the judge to accept that an individual could murder three members of his relatives so brutally. In the judge’s view, the addiction of the defendant was not such that forced him to commit the murders (Iran newspaper, June 9, 2002). Another issue was that police had found a letter at the murder location on the day of the incident that claimed the motive was honor related and a threat to destroy the house with a bomb if anyone reported it to the police. But police considered this mysterious letter a diversion. (Iran newspaper, June 8, 2002)    

Judgment

Branch 1608 of the Criminal Court of Tehran condemned Mr. Farhad Rahmanpur to death, three counts, for committing three murders, and to three years imprisonment and 74 lashes for robbery. The Supreme Court confirmed the ruling. He was hanged by a crane in public and in the presence of the victims’ family and the Enforcement Officials of the Criminal Court of Tehran at the location of the committed crime on October 27, 2002. The victims’ father and husband tied the rope around Mr. Rahmanpur’s neck and pressed the crane’s button to pull him up. His lash ruling had also been carried out before the execution. 

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