Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

for Human Rights in Iran

Omid, a memorial in defense of human rights in Iran
One Person’s Story

Kamal Rahimian Kordestani


Age: 37
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Non-Believer
Civil Status: Married


Date of Killing: August 24, 1982
Location of Killing: Sanandaj, Kordestan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: War on God

About this Case

The information about Mr. Kamal Rahimian Kordestani was sent to Omid by a person familiar with this case. Mr. Rahimian Kordestani is also among the 12,028 individuals listed in an addendum to the Mojahed magazine (No 261), published by the Mojahedin Khalq Organization in 1985. The list includes individuals, affiliated with various opposition groups, who were executed or killed during clashes with the Islamic Republic security forces from June 1981 to the publication date of the magazine.

Mr. Rahimian Kordestani was born in 1945 in Sanandaj. He held a master’s degree and worked as an architect at the state-owned Planning and Budget Organization as well as at a private company. Mr. Rahimian Kordestani was married and had a son. He and his family went underground in 1980. The sender of the form remembers Mr. Rahimian Kordestani as a successful architect and loved by all.

Arrest and detention

Mr. Rahimian Kordestani was arrested by the Revolutionary Guards at his mother’s house, near Tehran University in June 1982. He was first detained in Tehran and later in Sanandaj.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


Mr. Rahimian Kordestani was charged with “being at war with God.”

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

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


No information is available on Mr. Rahimian Kordestani’s defense. The sender of the form emphasized that Mr. Rahimian Kordestani “never shot at anyone.” According to information available, one of his relatives was shot and killed in battle between Kurdish armed groups and the Iranian state security forces. The sender of the form believes that the reason Mr. Rahimian Kordestani was charged with “being at war with God,” a charge often brought against armed dissidents, is only because of his relationship with the aforementioned relative.


Mr. Rahimian Kordestani was condemned to death. He was executed by firing squad on August 24, 1982 in Sanandaj. His family was not allowed to bury him in the cemetery for the Muslims. The Revolutionary Guards buried him, without religious ceremonies, in the non-Muslim cemetery, located 20 kilometers away from Sanandaj.

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