The family of an Iranian slain man killed in a demonstration was ordered to pay $3000 for the bullets that took his life in return for the dead body, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Kaveh Alipour, 19-year-old, was shot in the head in downtown Tehran on Saturday during the most violent clashes between security forces and protesters.
The paper said that Iranian authorities told the family they wound not hand over the body for burial until they received compensation for the bullets used to shoot him.
After learning of his son's death, the father was told that the family had to pay an equivalent of $3000 as a bullet fee--a fee for the bullet used by security forces--before taking the body back, relatives said.
The father, Yousef Alipour, told officials that his entire possessions wouldn't amount to $3000, arguing they should waive the fee because he is a veteran of the Iran-Iraq war.
Officials finally surrendered the request but demanded that the family do no funeral or burial in Tehran.
Alipour, who worked as a doorman at a clinic in central Tehran, said his son wasn't politically active and hadn't taken part in the turmoil that has rocked Iran for over a week.
He was a very polite, shy young man, said Mohamad, a neighbor who has known him since childhood.