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One Person’s Story

Mehrzad Vajebolhoquq


Age: 30
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: October 5, 2004
Location of Killing: Esfahan, Esfahan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Armed robbery

About this Case

The news of the conviction and execution of Mr. Mehrzad Vajebolhoquq was published in the Etela'at newspaper on both October 4 and 6, 2004 as well as the websites of both the Sharq newspaper and the Fars News Agency on October 5, 2004. According to the media, Mehrzad Vajebolhoquq organized a group of five people to commit armed robbery.

Arrest and detention

Regarding the defendant's arrest, the Fars News Agency quotes the Head of Especial Center for Fighting against Special Crime in Esfahan Province saying: "The officers of Station 28 of Esfahan were first drawn to the gang's vehicle. The robbers attempted to escape while shooting at police and onlookers. Two onlookers were injured in this incident, in addition to one of the robbers. It was the injured robber who identified the others and told of their whereabouts. The police found and arrested the others."


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


According to the media reports, the charges against the defendant were: "Possession of narcotics, multiple armed robberies (a gold shop, five groceries and home equipment stores) several car jackings each concluding with the beating of the drivers, along with shooting and injuring the police."

Evidence of guilt

The report of this execution does not contain information regarding the evidence provided against the defendant. The Etela'at newspaper wrote that the defendant had two weapons (colt and Kelashinkof) when he was arrested.


No information is available on Mr. Mehrzad Vajebolhoquq's defense. According to Fars News Agency, before being executed, he declared through a loud speaker that "the main factor for his behavior was associating with unsuitable people."


Mr. Mehrzad Vajebolhoquq was condemned to death. The Supreme Court confirmed this ruling. He was executed in public at the Razmandegan intersection in Esfahan on October 5, 2004. According to the Fars News Agency, the Head of Especial Center for Fighting against Special Crime in Esfahan province announced that "the purpose for this public execution is to make an example for other criminals."

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