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One Person’s Story

Karim Shirini


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: August 28, 1979
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Participating in clashes with revolutionary guards and or Bassij brothers

About this Case

Mr. Karim Shirini was one of 20 Kurds executed in the Saqez Garrison on the order of Ayatollah Khalkhali, according to Akhbare Rooz (Iranian Political Bulletin) of November 3, 2003.

The article, written after the death of Ayatollah Khalkhali in Tehran, refers to executions of Kurds in Sanandaj during the latter half of August, 1979. Ayatollah Khalkhali was the religious judge sent by Tehran to Kurdistan at the time of these executions. The article quotes reports from Kayhan and Ettela’at dailies, and from the Komeleh Party newsletter. The original report and a photograph of the execution first appeared in Ettela'at, August 28, 1979 (6 Shahrivar 1358).

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of this defendant’s arrest and detention are not known.


No trial was held.


No information about the charges against Mr. Shirini is available.

Evidence of guilt

The report of this execution does not contain information regarding the evidence provided against the defendant.


No information is available about any defense offered by Mr. Shirini.


Mr. Shirini was executed on the order of Ayatollah Khalkhali.

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