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Hassan Haddad

Title: Judge on the Tehran Revolutionary Court (Branch 26)

Sanctions: European Union (April 12, 2011)

In April 2011, the European Union sanctioned Hassan Haddad for human rights violations.

Following the June 2009 elections, Haddad presided over a number of cases against protestors who had been arrested, and regularly threatened their family members in order to keep them quiet, according to the Official Journal of the European Union. He was also responsible for sending numerous individuals to the Kahrizak detention facility. [1] The prison, a site of extensive detainee abuse, was shut down in July 2009 after the son of a high-ranking Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps commander reportedly died after undergoing torture there, according to the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.[2]

According to CNN, Haddad is also known for his role as Deputy Prosecutor in the trial of Roxana Saberi, an Iranian-American journalist who was accused of spying and sentenced to eight years in prison. [3] In addition, the BBC reports that Haddad also took part in the prosecution of seven members of the Baha’i faith, who were charged with spying for Israel.[4]


[1]Council of the European Union, “Council Regulation (EU) No 359/2011 of 12 April 2011 Concerning Restrictive Measures Directed Against Certain Persons, Entities, and Bodies in View of the Situation in Iran,” Official Journal of the European Union, April 12, 2011. p. 100/7.

[2]“Official Distortion & Disinformation: A Guide to Iran’s Human Rights Crisis,” International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, February 22, 2011, page 11. (http://www.iranhumanrights.org/wp-content/uploads/distortion-disinformation-final.pdf)

[3]Charley Keyes, “Iran Charges U.S. Journalist With Spying,” CNN, April 8, 2009. (http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/meast/04/08/iran.american.journalist/index.html#cnnSTCText); “Men of Violence: Pepetrators of the Post-Election Crackdown,” International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, June 2010. (http://www.iranhumanrights.org/wp-content/wp-content/menofviolence/Men-of-Violence-English.pdf)

[4]“Iran Charges U.S. Journalist with Spying,” BBC, August 15, 2009. (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8202928.stm)