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One Person’s Story

Asghar Laqa'i


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Married


Date of Killing: October 22, 1981
Location of Killing: Evin Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Unspecified execution method
Charges: Unknown charge

About this Case

The information about Asghar Laqa’i was taken from an interview with a family friend.

Mr. Laqahi is also one of the 12028 individuals listed in an addendum to the Mojahed magazine (No 261), published by 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. Laqa’i was born in Tehran. He was married and had two sons: the younger one was born after his execution. He worked at the Tehran’s bazaar. He was a nationalist and member of the Iran Nation Party.

The Iran Nation Party was founded in 1951 as the result of a split from the Pan Iranist Party. The nationalist Iran Nation Party endorsed Dr. Mohammad Mossadeq’s policies and actively resisted the coup of August 18, 1953, which overthrew the Mossadeq government. The Iran Nation Party excluded Pan Iranism from its ideology in 1961. The Iran Nation Party joined the National Front, which was led by Dr. Shapur Bakhtiar, Dariush Foruhar, and Dr. Karim Sanjabi. The Party remained a member of this coalition until the Revolution. In 1979, the Iran Nation Party joined the Islamic Revolution forces and accepted the leadership of Ayatollah Khomeini. In June 1981, when the Iranian government intensified its oppression of political opposition and banned political parties, the Iran Nation Party limited its activities. The relative political opening that followed the presidential election of May 23, 1996, encouraged the Iran Nation Party to resume its activities unofficially, in particular among students.

Arrest and detention

Mr. Laqa’i was arrested in Tehran in 1981. No further information is available.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


Mr. Laqa’i was reportedly charged with giving refuge to the impeached president, Bani Sadr.

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. Laqa’i’s defense.


Mr. Laqa’i was sentenced to death and executed in 1981 in Evin prison.

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