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One Person’s Story

Ata Zandi


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: August 27, 1979
Location of Killing: Sanandaj Airport, Sanandaj, Kordestan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Unknown anti revolutionary offense

About this Case

Mr. Ata Zandi was one of 11 Kurds executed in Sanandaj on the order of Ayatollah Khalkhali, according to Akhbare Rooz (Iranian Political Bulletin) of November 3, 2003.

The article, written after the death of Ayatollah Khalkhali in Tehran, refers to executions of Kurds in Sanandaj during the latter half of August, 1979. Ayatollah Khalkhali was the religious judge sent by Tehran to Kurdistan at the time of these executions. The article quotes reports from Kayhan and Ettela’at dailies, and from the Komeleh Party newsletter. The original report and a photograph of the execution first appeared in Ettela'at, August 28, 1979 (6 Shahrivar 1358).

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of this defendant’s arrest and detention are not known.


No trial was held.


No information about the charges against Mr. Zandi is available.

Evidence of guilt

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


No information is available about any defense offered by Mr. Zandi.


Mr. Zandi was executed on the order of Ayatollah Khalkhali.

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