Under the tenor of Judge Hasan Tardast, 800 people were executed, including Reyhaneh Jabbari and Behnood Shojaee.
Republished on the anniversary of Reyhaneh Jabbari’s execution
Judge Hasan Tardast told Reyhaneh Jabbari: You should have let him rape you and then you complained!
Judge Hassan Tardast has had various positions in the Judiciary, such as assistant prosecutor, interrogator, and the head of the court. Since 2008, he has been the head of Branch 74 of the Criminal Court for six years.
In an interview with Etemad newspaper in 2012, he said that for many years he had been a judge in premeditated murder cases and issued more than 1,000 death sentences, of which 800 were carried out.
Hassan Tardast, who was the head of a branch at the Criminal Court of Tehran for about six years, said in an interview:
“Most of my judgment years I was a special judge on murder cases. In that last embankment, as Mr. Avaee, the chief justice of Tehran province, who is one of the few senior managers who has more serious concerns about law enforcement and justice, had always been kind to me, I started working at Tehran Province’s criminal court.”
At the beginning of the revolution, Hassan Tardast was the IRGC cultural officer of Tehran’s 12th district and at the same time taught Arabic at high schools and conservatories in Tehran’s 11th district. In 1985, after entering the judiciary with the help of Mohammad Hadi Marvi, he was an assistant prosecutor and an interrogator in Masjed Soleiman, Khuzestan Province until 1991. He later became the head of the Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor’s Office in Saveh and since 2008, he was the head of Branch 74 of Tehran Criminal Court, appointed by Alireza Avaee.
After his retirement, he became a lawyer and handled the case of Hassan Heshmatian and the murder of Leila Fathi; an example of his legal activism during his time as a lawyer. He is also one of 20 lawyers approved for specific security cases during the previous presidency of the judiciary. His communications with security agencies and the issuance of death sentences in sensitive cases are said to have been one of the reasons for the judge’s rise in the judiciary.
Hassan Tardast has been the judge of more than 1,000 cases, at the most, 20 percent of which resulted in innocence. The meaning of this statement is the death sentence of nearly 800 people by this so-called judge.
The cases of Reyhaneh Jabbari and Behnoud Shoja’i were among the most controversial cases in which Hassan Tardast issued the death sentence.
In the case of Reyhaneh Jabbari, in collaboration with interrogator Shamlu and the assistant prosecutor, Qasem Sha’bani, the judge issued a verdict that resulted in Rayhaneh Jabbari’s execution on October 25, 2014.
Murtaza Abdul Ali Sarbandi was a former employee of the Ministry of Intelligence and after leaving the organization, he was active in economic field. By dragging Reyhaneh Jabbari to an apartment he intended to rape the 19-year-old girl. Reyhaneh Jabbari had announced that she had killed Sarbandi in order to defend herself against the rape.
In response to Reyhaneh Jabbari’s defense of herself, Tardast told her in the court: “You should have let him rape you and then complained!”
The other case was the case of a young man named Behnood Shojaee. Regarding the case Tardast had said that he had the role of a counsel to the final opinion on this case. However, the lawyer in the young man’s case has explicitly denied this. Mohammad Mostafa’i addressed Tardast about his role in the execution of Behnood as:
“In Behnooud Shojaee’s case, consent was obtained, but you (Tardast) rejected my request to stop the death sentence and preferred the execution. Your pen was very sharp in justifying the condemnations. You stayed awake till morning to justify the execution of a person, and you would have done so with patience; in that manner you have executed hundreds of people.”
In her Instagram live, Ms. Sholeh Pakravan, Raihaneh Jabbari’s mother responded to the son of law of the criminal judge Tardast who had said, “Don’t play with the honor of our family. The sentences issued by Mr. Tardast were correct and he was careful and sensitive in his work and was the best judge in Iran. A Noble man, and …;” she had replied: “Mr. Rahim Alipur, you have a 9-year-old daughter named Lian. When she turns 19, anything could happen to her. would you agree that someone tell her, if you were about to be raped, you should have let the rape be carried out and then you would come to us? When hearing this from anyone or any judge… addressing your dearest child, wouldn’t you spit on his face. I spit! Because this judge, your father-in-law told this to my daughter. Hassan Tardast turned to my 19-year-old daughter and said that you should have let him rape you and then you would come to us…! You say he was noble. I say I have not seen such a shameless judge. Although all the judges of the Islamic Government are dishonorable and shameless, this one is the worst.”