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One Person’s Story

Parviz Nikkhah


Age: 46
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Non-Believer
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: March 13, 1979
Location of Killing: Qasr Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Association with the Shah's idolatrous regime; Corruption on earth

About this Case

Mr. Parvis Nikkhah is 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. Additional information was provided via electronic form. He was born in Tehran in 1932, and held a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from the University of Manchester.

Arrest and detention

Mr. Nikkhah was arrested by gunmen in his home, in the presence of his wife and children. No further information is available on his arrest and detention.


Mr. Nikkhah’s trial was very brief. The trial, judgment, and execution took three days.


According to the Amnesty International report, Mr. Nikkhah was charged with corruption on earth. The report notes that Mr. Nikkhah was the author of a letter slandering Ayatollah Khomeini, published in the daily Ettela’at in January 1978.

The validity of the criminal charges brought against this defendant cannot be ascertained in the absence of the basic guarantees of a fair trial. International human rights organizations have drawn attention to reports indicating that the Islamic Republic’s authorities have brought trumped up charges against their political opponents and executed them for drug trafficking, sexual, and other criminal offences. Thousands of alleged drug traffickers have been sentenced to death following judicial processes that fail to meet international standards. The exact number of people convicted based on trumped-up charges is unknown.

Evidence of guilt

No information is available on the evidence presented against Mr. Parviz Nikkhah.


No information is available regarding the defense of the accused.


The details of the execution verdict are not known. Mr. Parviz Nikkhah was condemned to death and executed on March 13, 1979.

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