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Full recommendation:
The Special Rapporteur thanks the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran for its reply. He welcomes
the measures undertaken to investigate the death in custody of Mr. Satar Beheshti. He calls upon the
authorities to ensure a thorough, prompt, and impartial criminal investigation of this death, as well as to
criminally prosecute and punish all those responsible. The Special Rapporteur would appreciate further
detailed information on the progress of the investigation and all other related proceedings on this case.
Assessment using Impact Iran human rights indicators1
Mr. Satar Beheshti was arrested on 30 October 2012 and later transferred to Evin Prison.2 While in prison,
Mr. Beheshti lodged a complaint with the Evin Prison authorities claiming that his interrogators had
tortured him after his arrest, an allegation corroborated by prisoners detained in the same prison. Mr.
Beheshti was then transferred to the Iranian cyber police’s (FATA) detention centre for further
investigation, where he reportedly died on 3 November 2012.3
The Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission and the Judiciary’s High
Commission for Human Rights launched investigations into the incident.
On 20 November 2012, the medical commission reported that the “most likely cause of death can be the
phenomenon of shock, which if verified, could be caused by a blow or blows on sensitive areas of the
body or through severe psychological pressure.”4 Iran’s Judiciary spokesperson later confirmed that acts
of torture were perpetrated on Mr. Beheshti by the FATA police agents, facts further supported by the
Parliament’s investigation.5 However, torture was ultimately ruled out as a potential cause of death.6
There has been no official conclusion on the causes of Mr. Beheshti’s death.
The State Prosecutor’s Office published a statement on 22 November 2012 declaring that a number of
individuals, including police officers, those responsible for interrogating Mr. Beheshti, and wardens at the
detention centre, were charged and placed in custody,7 without providing further information on trials and
convictions. The report of the investigation conducted by the Parliament stated that the detention of Mr.
Beheshti at the FATA Police detention centre violated standards of due process. 8 In December 2012, the
commander of the FATA was dismissed.9

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CCPR.6.S.1; CCPR.7.S.1
CCPR.6.P.2; CCPR.7.P.1
CCPR.6.2.O.3
2
https://iranhr.net/en/articles/896/
3
Abdorrahman Boroumand Center, https://www.iranrights.org/memorial/story/-7809/sattar-beheshti
4
Reporters Without Borders, https://rsf.org/en/news/new-light-death-detention-blogger-sattar-beheshti
5
Abdorrahman Boroumand Center, https://www.iranrights.org/memorial/story/-7809/sattar-beheshti
6
The New York Times, https://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/02/world/middleeast/after-death-of-sattar-beheshti-iranian-bloggerhead-of-tehrans-cybercrimes-unit-is-fired.html
7
Reports Without Borders, https://rsf.org/en/news/new-light-death-detention-blogger-sattar-beheshti
8
Abdorrahman Boroumand Center, https://www.iranrights.org/memorial/story/-7809/sattar-beheshti
9
Reuters, https://www.reuters.com/article/uk-iran-blogger/bloggers-death-stirs-political-hornets-nest-in-iranidUKBRE8BP02U20121226

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