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One Person’s Story

Ali Pishnamaz Bayazidi


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Islam
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: August 29, 1979
Location of Killing: Zanjan, Zanjan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Participating in clashes with revolutionary guards and or Bassij brothers

About this Case


Kayhan Daily reported Ali Pishnamaz Bayazidi’s execution along with another individual on 28 August 1979. Mr. Pishnamaz was a Kurd citizen.

The arrest and execution of Mr. Pishnamaz took place during the intensifying conflict between the Islamic Revolutionary Government of Iran and the mainly Sunni province of Kordestan regarding the drafting of the constitution and, in particular, the autonomy of the region. Following Ayatollah Khomeini’s order in 18 August 1979 to combat the “anti-Revolutionary” elements in Kordestan, at least 58 Kurds were executed by the itinerant religious judge, Sadeq Khalkhali, in the course of ten days from 19-29 August 1979 (Mansoor Boloori, “The Demise of Sadeq Khalkhali”, Iranian Political Bulletin, 30 November 2003).

Arrest and detention

No information regarding the defendant's arrest and detention is available.


According to Kayhan, Mr. Pishnamaz was tried jointly with another individual in the Revolutionary Tribunal of Zanjan on 28 August 1979. The verdict was carried out before dawn on the following day. It seems that the trial was just one session which did not last more than a couple of hours and Mr. Pishnamaz never had the chance to appeal the verdict.


Mr. Pishnamaz was convicted of the murder of two Revolutionary Guards, named Hossein Ja’farina and Hossein Rahmani, and the assault on another Revolutionary Guard, named Esma’il Da’i. Apparently, Mr. Pishnamaz along with his partner ambushed them in Iranshah, an area about 30 miles away from Sanandaj in Kermanshah province (Kayhan).

Evidence of guilt

No information is available on the evidence presented against Mr. Pishnamaz.


No information is available regarding the defense of the accused or whether he was able to defend himself.


The court sentenced Mr. Pishnamaz to death, and the execution was carried out at 3:30 in the morning of 29 August 1979.

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