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One Person’s Story

Akbar Askari (Asghar)


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: May 15, 1979
Location of Killing: Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Fatal
Charges: Corruption on earth; Association with the Shah's idolatrous regime; War on God, God's Prophet and the deputy of the Twelfth Imam; Mass murder

About this Case

Second Lieutenant Akbar Askari (Asghar) was a parachutist and in SAVAK Amir Squad, and chief of a unit of the nti-sabotage committee. He is one of 438 victims listed in a March 13, 1980 Amnesty International report. The report lists defendants who were convicted by Revolutionary Tribunals in the period from their inception until 12 August 1979. The list of victims and charges is drawn from sources including translations of indictments, reports of trials carried out by local and foreign media and the bulletins of the official Pars News Agency reports.

International human rights organizations have drawn attention to reports indicating that the Islamic Republic’s authorities have executed individuals on trumped up charges such as drug trafficking, sexual, and other criminal offences. The exact number of people convicted based on trumped-up charges is unknown.

Arrest and detention

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


Amnesty International's report on this execution contains no information regarding the defendant's identity or trial.


The charges against Lieutenant Askari, according to the Amnesty report, were: corruption on earth; war on God; war on God's prophet and the deputy Imam Zaman, war against the representative of the Twelfth Imam; mass murder, massacre of innocent people; torture (physical); agents of anti-Islamic government; bringing pressure to divide the people, crimes against the people and the revolution, activities against the people during the revolution, crushing those seeking their rights, threatening villagers, conspiring to break the people's will, creating insecurity, creating terror among the public.

The validity of the criminal charges brought against this defendant cannot be ascertained in the absence of the basic guarantees of a fair trial.

Evidence of guilt

No information is available on the evidence presented against Lieutenant Askari.


No information is available on the defence.


The defendant was sentenced to death and executed. No further information is available.

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