Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

for Human Rights in Iran

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One Person’s Story

Mohammad Javad Molavi Taleqani


Age: 55
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: April 7, 1979
Location of Killing: Qasr Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Association with the Shah's idolatrous regime; Mass murder

About this Case

The news of the trial and execution of Major General Molavi along with 5 other defendants, was published in the Kayhan daily on April 4, 1979. Furthermore, information regarding this execution was sent to Omid by electronic forms by individuals familiar with Major General Molavi Taleqani’s case. According to the forms, Major General Molavi Taleqani was the chief of police of the Pahlavi regime in Tehran and a father of 4.

Major General Mohammad Javad Molavi Taleqani is also one of 438 victims listed in a March 13, 1980 Amnesty International report. The report lists defendants who were convicted by Revolutionary Tribunals in the period from their inception until 12 August 1979. The list of victims and charges is drawn from sources including translations of indictments, reports of trials carried out by local and foreign media and the bulletins of the official Pars News Agency reports.

International human rights organizations have drawn attention to reports indicating that the Islamic Republic’s authorities have executed individuals on trumped up charges such as drug trafficking, sexual, and other criminal offences. The exact number of people convicted based on trumped-up charges is unknown.

Arrest and detention

According to the information present on the electronic form, Major General Molavi Taleqani was not arrested by the authorities. Rather, he willingly went to the Committee and identified himself. There is no available information with regard to his detention.


The newspaper report mentions that 6 officers of the Imperial military were tried together at the 1st and 4th branches of Tehran’s Islamic Revolutionary court on April 3, 1979. Major General Molavi Taleqani’s and another defendant’s files were reviewed by the 4th branch. The trial, including deliberations, for all the defendants lasted 15 hours. There was no appeal process for any of the defendants.


The charge against Major General Molavi Taleqani, as listed in the Amnesty International report, is: mass murder, massacre of innocent people.

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

No information is available on the evidence presented against Major General Molavi Taleghani.


No information is available regarding the defense of the accused.


According to the newspaper, Major General Molavi Taleqani and the other defendants were sentenced to death. This verdict was announced at 1 a.m. April 4, 1979. He was executed at the Qasr Prison in Tehran.

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