During interrogation at precinct number eight, Qiyas-Vand, the commander in charge, began to violently beat the young man causing his death. Fearing public backlash, local officials in coordination with the Coroners Office claimed that he had died of natural causes.
In another development, Iran daily wrote on January 31 that the general court in the northern city of Babol had sentenced a man accused of moral offenses to 10 years in prison and death by stoning in public. This brings to nine the number of stonings since Khatami took office.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
February 4, 1999