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One Person’s Story

Abdolhosein Sorush


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Unknown
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: June 4, 1979
Location of Killing: Rafsanjan, Kerman Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Murder of persons and/or killing Muslims or/and freedom fighters; Unspecified anti-revolutionary offense

About this Case

The information regarding Major Abdolhossein Sorush’s execution along with one other was drawn from Kayhan Daily on 4 June 1979.

Major Sorush was the Head of Rafsanjan Police Station, a city in Kerman Province in southeastern Iran.

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of Major Sorush’s arrest and detention are not known.


The Revolutionary Tribunal of Rafsanjan tried Major Sorush along with 13 others. According to Kayhan, this trial was held “in the presence of hundreds of audiences and reporters of mass media, radio and television” and lasted for two sessions.


Kayhan Daily reported Major Sorush’s charges as “ordering to shoot and murder three warriors named Hossein Ansari, Mirafzali, and Akbar Moqimi”.

Evidence of guilt

No information is available concerning the evidence presented against Major Sorush.


No information is available concerning Major Sorush’s defense and it is not clear if he had the opportunity to defend himself effectively, for example whether he had access to a lawyer or the possibility to summon witnesses in his favor, etc. The validity of the criminal charges brought against this defendant cannot be ascertained in the absence of the basic guarantees of a fair trial.


The Revolutionary Tribunal of Rafsanjan sentenced Major Sorush along with one other to death. The verdict was carried out at 5:00 a.m. on 4 June 1979.

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