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One Person’s Story

Daryush Dehqani Azar


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Married


Date of Killing: December 11, 1982
Location of Killing: Iran
Mode of Killing: Unspecified execution method
Charges: Plotting to overthrow the Islamic Republic; Fighting against the revolution/blocking the path of God; Anti-revolutionary offense

About this Case

The news of execution of Colonel Daryush Dehqani Azar, son of Mohammad, was sent to Boroumand Center via an electronic form on February 11, 2017 by a relative. His execution, along with five others, was also reported in the Jomhuri Eslami daily on December 11, 1982.

Mr. Dehqani Azar was born in Tabriz. He was married and had two children. He was graduated with a master degree from the Military College and used to work with the Imperial Guard and Army. (Electronic Form)

The information about his charges was published in the same newspaper on June 30, 1982. Colonel Dehqani Azar was a member of the Nima Group, which was formed by officers of the Iranian army after the 1979 revolution. The indictment stressed that the Nima Group, whose members had nationalistic views and had cooperated with members of the pro-Mossadeq National Front, “had a military and a political wing and had planned to overthrow the Islamic regime”. No other background information is available on the group. Nureddin Kianuri, Secretary General of the Tudeh Party (the Iranian pro-Soviet communist party), mentions Nima in an article dated May 2, 2000, (refer to the Rahe Tudeh website). Kianuri stresses the fact that the military branch of the Tudeh, which cooperated with the Islamic Republic's authorities, discovered and "neutralized" the above mentioned group, as well as other groups that planned a coup against the newly established regime.

Arrest and detention

Mr. Dehqani Azar was arrested in Tehran by the head of Military Court and was taken to Evin Prison while there was no arrest warrant issued. (electronic Form) There is no detailed information regarding his arrest and detention.


The defendant, along with 4 other members of the Nima Group, was tried in the military court on June 30, 1982. There is no mention of a presence of a defense attorney for the defendants. (Jomhuri Eslami Newspaper)


According to the news paper report, the military prosecutor read Colonel Dehqani Azar’s charges from an indictment, during his trial. The charges are as follows: “being a member of the Nima Group, participation in armed kidnapping, making contacts in other circles abroad through Tabriz for fundraising, introducing new members to the group, meeting Sadeq Qotbzadeh in order to begin joint operations with him, and being active in Amir Naderi’s group with the intention of overthrowing the Islamic Republic.” Also, it is mentioned in the indictment that the defendant had nationalistic opinions. According to the e-form, his charges "Acting against the national security, intention of ovethrowing the Islamic Republic, and planning to terror the high rank officials" were all untrue.

Evidence of guilt

The report of this execution does not contain information regarding the evidence provided against the defendant apart from Qotbzadeh's confession.


The Jomhuri Eslami newspaper indicated that the defendants had spoken in their own defense, however, no report concerning the details of these statements was published.


The Revolutionary Tribunal of the Islamic Republic of Iran Army sentenced Colonel Dehqani Azar to death. Having been confirmed by the Supreme Court, he was executed by the firing squad in Tehran on December 11, 1982.

His body is buried in Behesht-e Zahra Cemetery.

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