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The Judiciary of Islamic Republic of Iran

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In the Name of God

Date of Review: 1 Tir 1364 [22 June 1985]

Judgment Number: 64/4/1-57

File Number: 308/63

Investigating Authority: [Branch] 146 Criminal Court of Tehran, Number 1

Presided Over By: Seyyed Jalal Mousavi

Defendant: Mohammad Hosein Dehghani Nayyeri

Procedural Synopsis: The aforementioned defendant is charged with involuntary manslaughter and is under investigation; according to indictment number 1770, dated 8 Dey 1363 [29 December 1984], it was requested that he be sentenced. On the above date, the court session was held in the presence of the defendant and the complainants. After reviewing all pertinent information related to the case, the Court, having heard the statements of all parties involved, and considering the opinion of the esteemed court advisor, concluded the hearing and delivered its verdict as follows:

Court Decision:

In view of the contents of case file number 308/63-146, the report of the judicial officers, the view of the official expert of the Judiciary and the court advisor, as well as other indications and circumstantial evidence reflected in the file, the accusations against Mr. Mohammad Hosein Dehghani Nayyeri, 23 years old, the son of Shaban, of the involuntary manslaughter of Mohammad Jamal Yazdanian, while driving a motor vehicle, due to non-compliance with government regulations, have been proven. However, because the victim was a member of the misleading and perverse Baha’i sect and a non-tributary infidel, and there is no explicit reference to the diyah[1] of a non-tributary infidel in the Islamic law, with reference to the constitution and jurisprudential sources, or reference to the response of the Istifta’at[2] Commission number 1/2894 and question 21 of Tahrir al-Wasilah by Imam Khomeini, vol. 2, with regard to the amount of diyah, the verdict issued and announced is acquittal. However, due to non-observance of government driving regulations, based on Article 149 of the Penal Code (Taz’irat), he will be sentenced to three months of imprisonment under taz’ir[3] law.

Judge of [Branch] 146, Criminal Court of Tehran, Number 1, Soltani


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[1] [Diyah is a financial punishment “blood money” that is imposed by a judge.]

[2] [Istifta’at:  Answers to religious inquiries]

[3] [Ta‘zir (discretionary punishment):  Punishment with maximum and minimum limits determined by law and judge, respectively.]