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One Person’s Story

Mehdi Nurbakhsh


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: March 19, 1980
Location of Killing: Dezful, Khuzestan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Unspecified execution method
Charges: Murder of persons and/or killing Muslims or/and freedom fighters; Fighting against the revolution/blocking the path of God; Corruption on earth

About this Case

The execution of Colonel Mehdi Nurbakhsh and two other convicts was reported in the Ettela’at daily (March 26, 1980).Arrest and detention

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


The report mentioned that examining Mr. Nurbakhsh’s and the other defendants’ cases took several sessions at the Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Dezful.


Colonel Nurbakhsh, who was referred to in the report as the “chief of the Dezful police during the decadent Pahlavi regime”, was charged with the following: “giving orders regarding shooting at people and arresting the mojahed groups,” “giving orders regarding the assault, battery, and torture that resulted in the martyrdom of A’zam Asadi Moshkel,” and “encouraging the police personnel to open fire on innocent people.”

Evidence of guilt

There is no information available on the evidence presented against the victim.


No information is available on Colonel Nurbakhsh’s defense.


According to the report, Colonel Nurbakhsh was found guilty of “corruption on earth.” The death sentence was carried out at 9:30 p.m.

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