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One Person’s Story

Yunes Siahpushfard


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: April 16, 2003
Location of Killing: Qasr Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Yunes Siahpushfard, known as Seyed, along with four others, was published in the Iran, Jomhuri Eslami, and Khorasan newspapers on April 17, 2003.

Arrest and detention

Basij forces in Rudehen arrested Mr. Siahpushfard at the Tartium Village near Rudehen in May of 2001 after a murder took place (Iran newspaper). The circumstances of his arrest and detention are not known.


Branch Two of the Public Court of Damavand tried Mr. Siahpushfard. No information is available on his trial.


The charge brought against Mr. Siahpushfard was announced as “murder.” He was accused of murdering a man named Morad Ali Varmaqani by blows of a knife in his house at the Tartium Village near Rudehen on May 7, 2001. (Iran and Khorasan newspapers)

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 authorities have brought trumped-up charges, including drug trafficking, sexual, and other criminal offences, against their opponents (including political, civil society activists, as well as unionists and ethnic and religious minorities). 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 and executed based on trumped-up charges is unknown.

Evidence of guilt           

The report of this execution did not provide any specific information on the evidence presented against Mr. Siahpushfard.


No information is available on Mr. Siahpushfard’s defense.


Branch Two of the Public Court of Damavand condemned Mr. Yunes Siahpushfard to death. The Supreme Court confirmed the ruling and the Head of Judiciary validated it. He was hanged in the presence of the victim’s family in Qasr Prison on April 17, 2003 (Jomhuri Eslami newspaper). No specific information is available about this execution. 

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