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One Person’s Story

Abdullah Manuchehri Qashqa'i


Age: 37
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Islam (Shi'a)
Civil Status: Married


Date of Killing: March 13, 1979
Location of Killing: Qasr Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Collaborating with the political police SAVAK

About this Case

Major Abdollah Manuchehri-Qashqa’i is one of 438 victims listed in an Amnesty International report from March of 1980. The report lists defendants who were convicted by Revolutionary Tribunals in the period from their inception until August 12, 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.

Further information about this execution was sent to Omid, via several electronic forms, by persons familiar with the case. Mr. Manuchehri-Qashqa’i, son of Yadollah, was a father of four, born in Ahvaz in 1941. He had a bachelor’s degree from the military university and another bachelor’s degree in English literature. He was a Major of the Nohed Brigade at Bagheshah Garrison, a member of the Committee for Combating Terrorism, and the Assistant Director of the military’s Intelligence Unit in the Imperial Army. He was also an expert in neutralizing mines and bombs, having been trained at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, in the U.S.  

Arrest and Detention

According to the electronic forms, agents went to his house in Tehran’s Azarbayejan Street at midnight, in order to arrest Major Manuchehri-Qashqa’i. However, since he was not home, they told the family that they would be back in the morning. On March 9, 1979, four Revolutionary Guards returned and arrested him without a warrant. He was detained at Qasr Prison. According to a person close to him, Mr. Manuchehri-Qashqa’i had been instructed to sweep for mines in Evin Prison after the revolution. The officials promised not to charge him but arrested him after he finished his mine-sweeping job. He was denied the right to an attorney.  


Amnesty International's report on this execution contains no information regarding the defendant's identity or trial. According to a person close to him, Mr. Manuchehri-Qashqa’i was tried in a kangaroo court session, taking no more than half an hour, without any legal representation.  


The charge against Major Manuchehri-Qashqa’i is listed in the Amnesty International report as a “corrupter on earth.” The form mentions that among Mr. Manuchehri-Qashqa’i’s belongings was a tape of his will, in which he mentioned that he was being charged with having "repressed the people of Tehran.” He was also charged for escaping.    

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 Abdollah Manuchehri-Qashqah’i.


No information is available regarding the defense of the accused. According to a person close to him, Mr. Manuchehri-Qashqa’i believed in his innocence and did not defend himself. In defending the escaping charge, he only mentioned that he had been busy with the treatment of his sick daughter who was suffering from Sciatica of the leg.  


No specific information regarding the Major Manuchehri-Qashqa’i’s death sentence is available. According to a person close to him, Major Manuchehri-Qashqa’i was executed by firing squad, along with eleven others, at Qasr Prison in Tehran on March 13, 1979. According to this report, some officers of the Nohed Brigade intended to help prisoners escape; therefore, Ayatollah Khalkhali [Chief Justice of the Revolutionary Courts] came to Tehran from Qom by helicopter at night and ordered the prisoners be executed at Qasr prison. After Major Manuchehri-Qashqa’i was executed, authorities gave his wife a court order that his belonging would be confiscated, and searched his house several times. His body was given to his family to be buried at the Behesht-e Zahra cemetery. His family used a different name on his tombstone for a long time in order to prevent it from being destroyed.  

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