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One Person’s Story

Abolqasem Rashvand Sardari


Age: 27
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Non-Believer
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: August 21, 1979
Location of Killing: Paveh, Kermanshah Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Corruption on earth; Armed rebellion against the Islamic Republic; War on God, God's Prophet and the deputy of the Twelfth Imam

About this Case

Dr. Rashvand-Sardari was a physician who went to Paveh in Kurdistan August 26, 1979 where recent fighting had resulted in many casualties and insufficient medical personnel was available to treat them, according to a report received by Amnesty International. "On August 27, 1979, while he was in the operating room operating an injured Kurd, [Dr. Rashvand-Sardari] was ordered to leave his patient in the middle of the operation and go to another wounded person who was not a Kurd, but was one of the members of the revolutionary guard. He, as a doctor, could not leave the patient and [so] refused ... and requested that they wait until he was finished."

Arrest and detention

Dr. Rashvand-Sardari was not formally arrested or detained.


No trial was held.


He was charged with operating on a Kurd.

Evidence of guilt

No formal evidence was presented against Dr. Rashvand-Sardari.


No information is available on Dr. Rashvand-Sardari's defense, if any.


Since Dr. Rashvand-Sardari had refused to follow the guards' order, Ayatollah Khalkhali, the judge, ordered his execution. Within a couple of hours he was taken behind the hospital and shot.

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