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One Person’s Story

Yusef Sarvari


Age: 19
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: November, 1985
Location of Killing: Bandar Anzali, Gilan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Unspecified execution method
Charges: Murder

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Yusef Sarvari, son of Ahmad and born in and resident of Bandar Anzali (Gilan province) was reported in the Kayhan daily on November 17, 1985.

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of this defendant’s arrest and detention are not known.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial, other than he was tried at Branch 1 of the Penal Court of Bandar Anzali.


Mr. Sarvari was charged with first-degree murder, which took place in 1984.

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


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


Branch 1 of the Penal Court of Bandar Anzali sentenced Mr. Sarvari to death and the Supreme Judicial Council approved the sentence. Mr. Yusef Sarvari was executed in public at Khomeini Square in Bandar Anzali. He was 19 years old.

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