Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

for Human Rights in Iran

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Omid, a memorial in defense of human rights in Iran
One Person’s Story

Vahid A'inparast

About

Age: 15
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Islam
Civil Status: Unknown

Case

Date of Killing: May, 1981
Location of Killing: Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Unknown charge
Age at time of offense: 15

About this Case

Information about Mr. Vahid A’inparast is based on an electronic form sent to Omid by a cousin of his friend, Fariborz Daneshmand. According to this information, he was a fifteen-year-old boy who, along with his friend Fariborz, went to watch a demonstration turning into a clash around Enqelab Square, in Tehran, in June of 1981. Mr. A’inparast was the oldest child in his family. The electronic form sender remembers him as a youngster who loved to live, dressed well, and always smiled.

International laws have strictly prohibited capital punishment against those who were under the age of 18 at the time of committing the crime. As a party to the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Iran has the obligation to avoid capital punishment for an offense committed before the age of eighteen. 

Arrest and detention 

The circumstances of Mr. A’inparast’s arrest and detention are not known. According to information sent to Omid, he was arrested around Tehran’s Enqelab Square, in 1981. According to his friend, Fariborz Daneshmand, when he and Vahid approached the demonstration location, they realized that there were some clashes; therefore, they ran away like others, but Vahid was arrested by plainclothes agents. 

The only contact that Mr. A’inparast had with his family was a phone conversation that took place the same night, several hours after his arrest, during which he asked for his mother’s help: “Mother, tell them that I am not a sympathizer of any group. I was just there to watch.” According to the electronic form sender,  a man took the phone harshly and told his mother to go to the Komiteh for visitation the next morning. 

Trial 

No information is available on Mr. A’inparast’s trial. 

Charges 

No information is available on Mr. A’inparast’s charges.  

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  

The report of this execution does not contain information regarding the evidence provided against Mr. A’inparast. 

Defense 

No information is available about Mr. A’inparast’s defense.   

Judgment 

No specific information is available about Mr. A’inparast’s execution. According to the electronic form, Mr. Vahid A’inparast was executed by firing squad in Tehran the day after his arrest in June of 1981. Authorities did not inform his family of the sentence. The family was only informed of the execution when they went to prison to visit him. This report quotes Vahid’s mother, feeling a lump in her throat, saying, “Vahid’s voice and his entreaties are always in my ears. He was terrified and asked for my help. I could not do anything for him.”   

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