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Mohsen Mofidi


Age: 35
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: February 22, 2004
Location of Killing: Qasr Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Unspecified execution method
Charges: Religious offense

About this Case

The information about the death of Mr. Mohsen Mofidi was released by Amnesty International on February 25, 2004.

Arrest and detention

According to Amnesty International's Urgent Action Call of February 13, 2004, "Mr. Mofidi and his three sisters were arrested by the morality police in July 2003, at their home in Tehran. All were released on bail and ordered to attend court for trial on July 28, 2003." In compliance with the court's order, Mohsen Mofidi turned himself in on January 10, 2004 to begin his jail sentence. On February 11, the 25th anniversary of the 1979 revolution in Iran, his prison sentence was suspended and his release was scheduled.

At the time, Amnesty International believed that his flogging sentence would be carried out on the final day of his detention. According to this organization, prison officials allegedly told him that he would be able to keep his shirt on during the lashing if he gave them a bribe. Mohsen Mofidi was reported to be in Qasr prison in Tehran, where he had been denied access to his family. He was told by prison officials that for an additional payment of $4,000 ($1000 of which was to be paid immediately), he would be transferred to a better part of the prison and would be allowed to receive visitors. He had reportedly suffered from a lung and sinus infections while he was in prison and had spent a week in a medical facility in Qasr prison, during which time he had periods of semi-consciousness. It is believed that he had not fully recovered at the time of his flogging.


Amnesty reports that: "Mohsen apparently did not have access to adequate legal representation during his trial, as the person appointed to act as his lawyer lacked legal qualifications."


Mr. Mohsen Mofidi was charged with: "possession of medicine containing alcohol, consuming alcohol in the early 1980s, possession of a television satellite dish, and aiding and abetting his sister's ''corruption'' in allowing them to have boyfriends."

Evidence of guilt

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


No information is available on Mr. Mofidi's defense.


Amnesty reported that "Mohsen was sentenced to four months' imprisonment, to be followed by 80 lashes, on charges including possession of medicine containing alcohol, consuming alcohol 20 years previously, possession of a satellite dish, and aiding and abetting his sisters’ "corruption" (having boyfriends, which they allegedly admitted to having after being beaten in custody). He has also been fined $239. According to updated regulations of December 2003, flogging is carried out with leather cords of 1.5cm thickness, which are 1m long; usually the prisoner's legs and hands are bound. Mr. Mofidi was released after the flogging was carried out.

He was apparently in poor health when he arrived at the home of a relative in Tehran, where his condition deteriorated and he later died. The day he died, he had been taken to a hospital and given antibiotics for his lung and sinus infections. A doctor has reportedly certified that his death was due to a heart attack. Mohsen Mofidi had no heart complaints before.

Responding to a question concerning the victim's death, the spokesman for the Judiciary, Dr. Gholam Hosein Elham said, “I have not received any information regarding such an incident from the Department of Justice or from the penitentiary administration. What is the press looking for by investigating such incidents? If something happens in prison to a detainee, would that necessarily be the result of an illegal act (committed by the prison’s authorities)? It is possible that a convict gets accidentally harmed consequently to the proper and lawful meting out of a punishment. The effect of a punishment that is lawful is not considered a crime or torture” (Iran Labor News Agency, March 10, 2004).

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