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One Person’s Story

Mahmud Pishbahar


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: August 23, 1979
Location of Killing: Sarpol-e Zahab, Bakhtaran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Homosexual act

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Mahmud Pishbahar and another individual was reported by the correspondent of the Kayhan daily in Qasr e Shirin.

Further information about this execution was sent to Omid via an electronic form by a person familiar with the case.

Arrest and detention

According to the form, Mr. Pishbahar did not have access to an attorney and was not allowed visitation with his family, while in detention. Further circumstances of the defendant’s arrest and detention are not known.


Based on the report, the trial was held in a Garrison called Abuzar in Sar e Pol e Zahab.


Mr. Pishbahar was charged with sodomy.

The validity of the criminal charges brought against this defendant cannot be ascertained in the absence of the basic guarantees of a fair trial. International human rights organizations have drawn attention to reports indicating that the Islamic Republic’s authorities have brought trumped-up charges against their political opponents and executed them for drug trafficking, sexual, and other criminal offences. Each year, Iranian authorities sentence to death hundreds of alleged common criminals, following judicial processes that fail to meet international standards. The exact number of people convicted based on trumped-up charges is unknown.

Evidence of guilt

The report of this execution does not contain information regarding the evidence provided against the defendant.


No information is available on the defense.


The Religious Judge of the Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal sentenced Mr. Pishbahar to death. He was executed at dawn.

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