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One Person’s Story

Shahryar Vatanpur


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: July 22, 1980
Location of Killing: Ahvaz, Khuzestan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Robbery; War on God, God's Prophet and the deputy of the Twelfth Imam; Corruption on earth

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Shahryar Vatanpur was reported by the correspondent of Pars News Agency in Ahvaz. The report was published in the Jomhuri Eslami daily (July 26, 1980)

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of this defendant’s arrest and detention are unknown.


The Court held a session at 5 p.m. to examine Mr. Vatanpur’s case.


According to the report, Mr. Vatanpur was charged with “stealing a side arm from the Asqafi Al-Islami center in Ahvaz and misusing it for blackmailing.”

The validity of the criminal charges brought against these defendants 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 does not contain any information about the evidence presented against the accused.


No information is available on the defendant’s defense.


The Islamic Revolutionary Public Prosecutor found Mr. Vatanpur guilty of “corruption on earth” and “waging war against God and his prophet.” The sentence was carried out in late afternoon, immediately after his trial.

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