Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

for Human Rights in Iran

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One Person’s Story

Akbar Bahadori


Age: 55
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Islam (Shi'a)
Civil Status: Married


Date of Killing: May 10, 1979
Location of Killing: Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Unspecified execution method
Charges: Acting against state's security; Murder of persons and/or killing Muslims or/and freedom fighters; Collaborating with the political police SAVAK; Association with the Shah's idolatrous regime

About this Case

Dr. Akbar Bahadori, a prominent politician and parliamentary representative for Arak, is one of the 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 August of 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.

Additional information about Dr. Bahadori, son of Issa Khan, has been drawn from two electronic forms sent to the Boroumand Foundation. According to one of the forms, he was born at Akhchi Kahriz in Arak in 1924. He was married and had four daughters. Based on one of these forms, Dr. Bahadori was a general surgeon and orthopedist in the armed forces and had his own private practice “Bahadori Clinic” in the south of Tehran. The sender of this electronic form remembers Dr. Bahadori as a generous man who built a high-tech hospital in Arak. According to the other electronic form, Dr. Bahadori was a physician, a parliamentarian, a Colonel in the military, and he worked at the “Bahadori Hospital.” According to both electronic forms, he had no political affiliations.

A number of websites have written about Dr. Bahadori and his father, who was a reputable Iranian artist and painter. According to “Essaabad” blog, for example, Dr. Bahadori established a number of hospitals in Arak and Tehran in his life time, the most important of which was Qods Hospital in Arak. He also founded the Baqiatollah al-A’zam Hospital in Tehran. Based on this blog and the “Majlis Research Center” website, Dr. Bahadori was a member of parliament before the revolution at the 24th Parliament.

Arrest and detention

No information regarding Dr. Bahadori’s arrest and detention is available.


According to the Keyhan newspaper, dated April 23, 1979, Dr. Bahadori was tried by the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Arak and “after 12 hours of interrogation, the court submitted Dr. Bahadori’s case for the final judgment to Tehran.”


The charges against Mr. Bahadori, according to the Amnesty report, were as follows: “collaboration with the ousted regime and trying to re-establish the Shah’s ‘idolatrous’ rule over the weak and defenseless people; collaborating with SAVAK; taking wrong decisions in parliament; bringing pressure to divide the people, crimes against the people and the revolution, activities against the people during the revolution, crushing those seeking their rights, threatening villagers, conspiring to break the people's will, creating insecurity, creating terror among the public, and urging people to fight against the revolution.”According to the Keyhan newspaper and the indictment by the Chief Prosecutor of the Islamic Revolutionary Court, however, he was charged with “accessory to two murders, trespass to chattel, arson, and a number of other crimes.”

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 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.

Evidence of guilt

No information is available on the evidence presented against Dr. Bahadori.


No information is available on the accused’s defense.


According to the Amnesty report, Dr. Bahadori was sentenced to death and his sentence was carried out on May 10, 1979 in Tehran.

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