Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

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One Person’s Story

Kurosh Sadri Najafi


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: December 11, 1982
Location: Evin Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Counter revolutionary opinion and/or speech

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Kurosh Sadri Najafi, along with five others, was reported in the Jomhuri Eslami newspaper on December 11, 1982. The same newspaper, on June 30, 1982, published the charges against him. Mr. Sadri Najafi was a member of the Nima Group, which was formed by officers of the Iranian army after the 1979 revolution. No other background information is available on the group. Nureddin Kianuri, Secretary General of the Tudeh Party (the Iranian communist party), mentioned Nima in an article dated May 2, 2000 (Rahe Tudeh website). Kianuri stressed the fact that the military branch of the Tudeh , which cooperated with the Islamic Republic’s authorities, discovered and “neutralized” the above mentioned group, as well as other groups that planned a coup against the newly established regime.

Supplemental information about Mr. Sadri Najafi was sent to the Boroumand Foundation by a person informed about this case. According to this information, Mr. Sadri Najafi was born in Tehran. He grew up in an affluent and educated family and had a Master’s degree in economics. There is a piece of hand writing left from Mr. Sadri as his "will" of which a copy has also been forwarded to ABF by a person close to him. 

Arrest and detention

According to the information sent by the electronic form, Mr. Sadri Najafi was arrested at a bus station in Tabriz and transferred to the Evin Prison.


Mr. Sadri Najafi, along with 4 other members of the Nima Group, was tried in a military court on June 30, 1982. There is no mention of the presence of a defense attorney for the defendants.


According to the Jomhouri Eslami newspaper, the charges that were read by a military prosecutor during the trial, based on the indictment for Mr. Sadri Najafi, were as follows: “being a member of the Nima group; having an active and crucial role in the establishment of this group; being a participant in the demonstrations of the National Front at Ferdosi square on June 15, 1981; being appointed by Dr. Shaygan as the person in charge of recruiting nationalists and monarchists; and having a significant role in the military-political wing of this group.” The indictment also mentioned that Mr. Sadri Najafi had nationalistic opinions. 

The validity of the criminal charges brought against Mr. Sadri Najafi cannot be ascertained in the absence of the basic guarantees of a fair trial.

Evidence of guilt

The report of Mr. Sadri Najafi’s execution did not provide any specific information on the evidence presented against him.


No information is available on Mr. Sadri Najafi’s defense.


The Revolutionary Tribunal of the Army of the Islamic Republic of Iran sentenced Mr. Sadri Najafi to death. Having been confirmed by the Supreme Court, the sentence was carried out on December 11, 1982. According to the information provided by electronic form, Mr. Sadri Najafi was executed by a firing squad in the Evin prison.

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