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One Person’s Story

Mohammad Reza B.


Age: 28
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: December 26, 2004
Location of Killing: Mashhad, Khorasan\Khorasan-e Razavi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Homosexual rape; Sedition and/ or threat to public security; Assault and battery

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Mohammad Reza B.(known as Mohammad Siah), was announced in the website of the Kayhan newspaper on January 1, 2005 as well as the website of the Iran newspaper on January 18.

Arrest and detention

According to Iran, in the spring of 2003, a few residents of the Hedayat Boulevard in Mashhad filed a complaint with the judiciary against a young man who “caused insecurity and fear” in the neighborhood. The suspect was identified as a “seditious man with criminal record” and after some time “a group of officers, identified his hiding place in a village near Mashhad and, after some clashes, arrested him.”


No information is available on the defendant’s trial other than he was tried at Branch 63 of the Public Court of Mashhad (Iran newspaper).


Mr. Mohammad Reza B. was charged with “sedition and harassment, intimidation and causing disturbance, battery and assault, consumption of alcohol, resistance against [law enforcement] officers, and raping of two adolescent boys.”

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. The exact number of people convicted based on trumped-up charges is unknown.

Evidence of guilt

The report of this execution states Mr. Mohammad Reza had confessed to rape and that “after his confession, two of the adolescents, whom he had raped, were identified by law enforcement officers and these [boys] also filed a complaint against him at the court.”

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. In the case of political detainees, these confessions are, at times, televised. The National Television broadcasts confessions during which prisoners plead guilty to vague and false charges, repent and renounce their political beliefs, and/or implicate others. Human rights organizations have also pointed to the pattern of retracted confessions by those prisoners who are freed.


No information is available on his defense.


Branch 63 of the Public Court of Mashhad condemned Mr. Mohammadreza B. to “execution in public, 9 years imprisonment, and 154 lashes” and this ruling was approved by the Supreme Court (Iran newspaper). The verdict was carried out and he was hanged at Hedayat Boulevard in Mashhad (Kayhan newspaper).

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