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One Person’s Story

Mehdi Tahmasbi Siahpush


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: August 19, 1980
Location of Killing: Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Unspecified execution method
Charges: Robbery; Murder; Sedition and/ or threat to public security

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Mehdi Tahmasbi Siahpush, resident of Tehran, and 4 others was announced to Pars News Agency by the head of the Special Revolutionary Tribunals, also in charge of the Campaign against Drugs and Narcotics. The report was published in the Jomhuri Eslami daily (August 20, 1980).

Arrest and detention

There is no information available on Mr. Tahmasbi Siahpush’s arrest and detention in this report.


The report provides no specific information about the trial.


The defendant was charged with “illegal ceremonial dagger stabbing and hooliganism”, “stabbing a Tehrani youth to death”, “being a professional thief”, and “blackmailing.”

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

There is no information about the evidence presented against the defendant.


No information on the accused’s defense is available.


The religious judge at the head of the Special Revolutionary Tribunals and the Campaign against Drugs and Narcotics sentenced Mr. Tahmasbi Siahpush to death. He was executed at dawn the day after his trial.

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