Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

for Human Rights in Iran

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One Person’s Story

Ardeshir Moqadam Qadimi


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: Unknown
Location of Killing: Kordestan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Extrajudicial killing
Charges: Unknown charge

About this Case

Information about Mr. Ardeshir Moqadam Qadimi has been drawn from an electronic form sent to Omid by a relative. He was an office in the army of the former regime. He started his opposition to the Islamic Republic since 1980. Then he went to Kurdistan and joined the Kurdish Democratic Party of Iran. He is one of hundreds of individuals who were extrajudicially executed since the 1979 revolution. In many cases, these killings were carried out by agents of the Islamic Republic or can reasonably be assumed to be the result of the Iranian government policy.

The Kurdish Democratic Party of Iran (PDKI) was founded in 1945 with the objective to gain autonomy for Kurdistan, in north-west of Iran. After the Revolution, conflicts between the new central Shiite government and the mainly Sunni Kurdistan, regarding the role of minorities in the drafting of the constitution, specification of Shiite as the official state religion, and particularly the autonomy of the region, ended in armed clashes between the Revolutionary Guards and the peshmerga (the militia of the PDKI). The PDKI boycotted the referendum of April 1, when people went to polls to vote for or against the Islamic regime. On August 19, 1979 Ayatollah Khomeini called the PDKI the “party of Satan” and declared it “unofficial and illegal.” Mass executions and fighting broke out and continued for several months in the region. By 1983, PDKI had lost much of its influence in the region. Various leaders of the PDKI have been assassinated.

Arrest and detention

Mr. Moqadam Qadidmi was never arrested or detained.


Mr. Moqadam Qadidmi was not summoned before a court, and no public trial was held in this case.


No specific charges were legally brought against Mr. Moqadam Qadidmi.

Evidence of guilt

The report on this assassination does not mention any evidence.


Mr. Moqadam Qadidmi was not given the opportunity to defend himself in a court of law before being assassinated. .


No specific information is available about a possible verdict leading to this execution. Mr. Ardeshir Moqadam Qadimi was murdered. His body was never found and his family only received the news of his murder.

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