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One Person’s Story



Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: January 28, 2004
Location of Killing: Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Mehzyar was published on the website of Khorasan newspaper on January 29, 2004. Additional information was taken from the Khorasan newspaper on April 24, 2003. According to the existing information, he was 21 years old and his case was related to the kidnapping and murder of Mr. Mohammad Amin, age 14, in Tehran on March 9, 2003.

Arrest and detention

Following the kidnapping of Mr. Mohammad Amin and several phone contacts by the kidnappers with his family in order to extort money for his release, police detectives of Department 11 in Tehran identified and arrested Mr. Mehzyar and another defendant in a house at Iranshahr Street in Tehran (Khorasan newspaper on April 24, 2003). The circumstances of his arrest and detention are not known.


Branch 1601 of the General Court in Tehran tried Mr. Mehzyar and another defendant, out of turn and extraordinarily. No specific information is available on his trial.


The charges brought against Mr. Mehzyar were announced as “kidnapping and murder.” He was accused of kidnapping Mr. Mohammad Amin, in collaboration with another defendant, and demanded 600 million Tumans for his release, but suffocated him with a rope.

The validity of the criminal charges brought against this defendant cannot be ascertained in the absence of the basic guarantees of a fair trial.  

Evidence of guilt

According to the existing information, the bases for Mr. Mehzyar’s conviction was his confession.

International human rights organizations have repeatedly condemned the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran for its systematic use of severe torture and solitary confinement to obtain confessions from detainees and have questioned the authenticity of confessions obtained under duress.


According to the existing information, the legal procedure of Mr. Mehzyar’s case had been rushed and out of turn. No information is available on his defense.


Based on a request by the victim’s family, Branch 1601 of the General Court in Tehran condemned Mr. Mehzyar to death as the first row defendant (Khorasan newspaper on April 24, 2003). The Supreme Court confirmed the ruling. He was hanged on January 29, 2004 at dawn. No specific information is available about this execution.

The other defendant of this case was condemned to 30 years imprisonment and lashes for kidnapping and participation in murder. 

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