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One Person’s Story

Abas Borumand


Age: 39
Nationality: Afghanistan
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: October 9, 2002
Location of Killing: Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder; Sedition and/ or threat to public security; Armed robbery

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Abas Borumand, son of Mohammad Hakim, along with another individual, was published on the website of ISNA (Iranian Students News Agency) on October 15, 2002. Additional information regarding his arrest and prosecution was taken from the Kayhan newspaper on October 16, 1995.  Mr. Borumand was an Afghan citizen. According to the Public Relations Office of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Tehran, he and two others robbed the Adle Asgari business on April 29, 1992 at 9 p.m. The business guard was shot to death by one of his collaborators.          

Arrest and Detention

According to the existing information, police arrested Mr. Borumand and he was detained since 1995. There is no specific information on his arrest and detention.


Branch Ten of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Tehran tried Mr. Borumand. No information is available on his trial. 


According to the Public Relations Office of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Tehran, the charges against Mr. Borumand were "accomplice in murder, supplying and possession of an illegal combat weapon and its ammunition, and creating fear and panic."  According to ISNA, he was charged with organizing an armed group including several Afghans.          

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 evidence presented against Mr. Borumand was his “clear confession during the investigation” 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.


No information is available on Mr. Borumand's defense; however, he objected to the court ruling.    


Branch Ten of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Tehran condemned Mr. Abas Borumand to death and the Supreme Court confirmed the ruling. He was executed on October 9, 2002. He was also condemned to 10 years imprisonment for possession of a weapon and creating fear and panic.        

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