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One Person’s Story

Ahmad Bahadori


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: March 11, 1979
Location of Killing: Bagh-e Behesht Cemetery, Hamedan, Hamedan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Murder of persons and/or killing Muslims or/and freedom fighters

About this Case

Kayhan Daily reported Lieutenant Ahmad Bahadori’s execution along with two others on 11 March 1979.

Lieutenant Bahadori was an officer in Hamedan Police Forces, a city in Hamedan Province in western Iran.

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of Lieutenant Bahadori’s arrest and detention are not known.


The Revolutionary Tribunal of Hamedan tried Lieutenant Bahadori at Hamedan Municipal’s Salon “in the presence of six thousand people”


Kayhan Daily reported that “Lieutenant Bahadori and his subordinates shot 7 people dead on 21 October and the following days,” however there is no further detail about this incident in the report and the names of the alleged victims were not published.

Evidence of guilt

No information is available concerning the evidence presented against the defendant.


According to Kayhan, Lieutenant Bahadori said in his defense: “I am a villager and after the Land Reform, I sought refuge in the city and unfortunately I happened to go to Police Department”. He also explained that he was merely operating according to his superior’s commands. He said that “the killings were ordered by Major Ja’fari, the Head of the Anti-Espionage Unit.” There is no further detail about his defense and it is not clear if he had the opportunity to defend himself effectively, for example whether he had access to a lawyer or the possibility to summon witnesses in his favor, etc. The validity of the criminal charges brought against this defendant cannot be ascertained in the absence of the basic guarantees of a fair trial.


The Revolutionary Tribunal of Hamedan sentenced Lieutenant Bahadori to death. He was shot dead on 11 March 1979 in Bagh Behesht Cemetery in Hamedan. According to Kayhan, Lieutenant Bahadori requested not to be tied to the execution pole. He also commanded the firing himself and requested that the squad would aim his heart.

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