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One Person’s Story

Abolhassan Sa'adatmand


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: May 9, 1979
Location of Killing: Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Fatal
Charges: Corruption on earth; Fighting against the revolution/blocking the path of God; Association with the Shah's idolatrous regime

About this Case

Lt. General Abolhossein Sadatmand was former chief of 1st bureau of SAVAK, information minister in Azhari cabinet, chief of Army public relations and chief of military tribunals. He 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.

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

No information regarding the defendant's arrest and detention is available.


Amnesty International's report on this execution contains no information regarding the defendant's identity or trial.


The charges against Lt. General Sadatmand, according to the Amnesty report, were: obstacle to ways of God and Islamic values, trying to deprive people of their true desire, defiling all that is sacred, whether religious or national, to the Muslim people of Iran and the world, blocking the path of God, fighting against the Islamic tenets, treachery versus the Islamic natio, torture (physical); minister of former government; exercising censorship.

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 Lt. General Sadatmand.


No information is available on the defence.


The defendant was sentenced to death and executed. No further information is available.

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