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One Person’s Story

Davud (Kianush) Sanginizak


Age: 24
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: May 10, 2000
Location of Killing: Qasr Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Rape; Murder; Armed robbery
Age at time of offense: 21

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Davud Sanginizak, known as Kianush, along with another person, was published in the Hamshahri newspaper on May 12, 2000, and based on an interview by the Abdorrahman Boroumand Foundation with his cellmate (ABF interview) on April 23, 2012. Additional information was taken from the Etela’at newspaper on September 6, 1999 and May 10, 2000. His case and the cases of two others were related to an armed robbery, injuring a soldier, and killing of two agents around the International Exhibition in Tehran on May 6, 1998.   

Arrest and Detention

Mr. Sanginizak and his two friends were arrested by Shahriyar Police in Tehran on May 6, 1998. According to the existing information, on this day police arrested them based on suspicion. After being transferred to the police vehicle, Mr. Sanginizak used his hidden weapon and took the weapon of an agent with the help of his friends. They got into a shooting confrontation with officials that resulted in injuring a soldier and killing two agents (Etela’at newspaper on May 10, 2000). He was interrogated in Evin Police Station and was detained in the Youth Section for some time. He had visitations. He had been transferred to solitary confinement in the Qasr Prison several days before his execution (ABF interview). After the arrest of these three individuals, and based on their confessions, 30 others were also arrested.  


Branch 1602 of the Criminal Court in Tehran tried Mr. Sanginizak and the other defendants. No other information is available on his trial.  


The charges against Mr. Sanginizak were announced as "two counts of murder, destruction of two vehicles belonging to the security forces and a passerby, committing armed robbery (at least one occasion), committing robberies, providing a corrupt environment in a bachelor pad, committing adultery, resisting and shooting at police, and dealing and consuming alcoholic beverages.” (Etela’at newspaper on September 6, 1999)

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 Hamshahri newspaper, the evidence presented against Mr. Sanginizak was his “confession,” the confession of his collaborator, and having a criminal record.

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.


During his interrogation, Mr. Sanginizak confessed after receiving lashes. The marks of lashes were evident when he was detained in the Youth Section of the prison. A cavity could be seen in his foot (ABF interview). No information is available on his defense.    


Branch 1602 of the Criminal Court in Tehran condemned Mr. Davud Sanginizak to death two counts for committing two murders, to two years imprisonment for destruction of vehicles, to five years imprisonment and 74 lashes for an armed robbery, to two years imprisonment and 74 lashes for several unarmed robberies, to two years imprisonment for providing a corrupt environment in a bachelor pad, 99 lashes for adultery, to three years imprisonment for resisting police and shooting at them, to one year imprisonment for dealing alcoholic beverages, and to 80 lashes for drinking alcoholic beverages. The Supreme Court confirmed the ruling. He was hanged, along with another person, at the Qasr Prison yard in Tehran on May 11, 2000. The lash ruling against him was carried out before his execution. The marks of lashes were so severe that the person in charge of washing his body in the mortuary wept. His body was buried in Behesht-e Zahra in Tehran.  

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