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One Person’s Story

Siavash Bayani


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: August, 1997
Location of Killing: Evin Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Unspecified execution method
Charges: Espionage

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Siavash Bayani was published in the Kayhan newspaper on September 1, 1997 and on the web site of the Hamshahri newspaper on September 2, 1997, which quoted the announcement issued by Tehran Military Court. The International Federation for Human Rights also reported this execution in its February 1999 report. According to the report, Mr. Siavash Bayani had been a pilot and a retired Air Force colonel. Additional information was obtained from Mr. Bayani's former cellmate. The Iranian media reported that Mr. Bayani had left Iran with his family and moved to the United States as a political refugee in 1983. He had returned to Iran after 11 years in exile.

Arrest and Detention

The circumstances of this defendant’s arrest and detention are not known. According to the Kayhan newspaper, he was arrested by "unknown soldiers of the Hidden Imam in the Security Intelligence of the Islamic Republic Army" in 1995. According to the report by the International Federation for Human Rights, the arrest of Mr. Siavash Bayani was never announced officially.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial. The trial took place in Tehran Military Court.


The charge against the defendant was reported as "giving secret military information to the United States." There is no further information about the charge in the media reports.

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 provided against the defendant had been his own "confessions".

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.


No information is available on Mr. Siavash Bayani's defense.


The court condemned Mr. Siavash Bayani to death and, after the ruling was confirmed by the Supreme Court, he was executed in the Evin prison yard. The media reported the date of this execution as a week before publishing its news.

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