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One Person’s Story



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


Date of Killing: March 2, 2003
Location of Killing: Sari, Mazandaran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Behruz was published in the Iran newspaper on December 8, 2002 and March 3, 2003.

Arrest and detention

Mr. Behruz was arrested in connection with the murder of a young man. The circumstances of his arrest and detention are not known. According to the newspaper report, a young man who had married a few days earlier, was murdered on March 21, 2002. Police investigation indicated that a woman had loved the victim but he rejected her and married someone else. The woman married Mr. Behruz but sent several messages to the victim demanding not to marry ever. After police interrogation, the woman and her husband (Mr. Behruz) were arrested.


Branch Two of the Public Court of Sari tried Mr. Behruz in four sessions. No other information is available on his trial.


The charge brought against Mr. Behruz was announced as “murder.”

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. Behruz was his statements, his wife’s statements, and the statements of the victim’s family. During the trial, his wife stated: “Behruz and I reviewed the plan for committing the crime…. Then, Behruz went to the victim’s house, brought him to the murder location, and began talking to him. I took the stick that I hid under my Manto (a long overall dress) and hit him on his forehead. Then I hit him again and ran towards my father’s house. I don’t know what happened next and how he was killed.”


In his defense during the trial, Mr. Behruz said that his wife threatened him to get a divorce if he did not kill the victim. He stated: “I was under tremendous pressure. I loved my wife and the fact that she lived with me when loving another man tortured me. On the night of the murder, contrary to the forensics report indicating 25 blows of a knife, I did not stab [the victim] more than five times. The victim was alive when I escaped. I really don’t know who murdered him.”


The court condemned Mr. Behruz to death and the Supreme Court confirmed the ruling. He was hanged in public in Sari on March 2, 2003.

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