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One Person’s Story

Hushang Salimi Tehrani


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: October 6, 1979
Location of Killing: Tabriz Prison, Tabriz, Azarbaijan-e Sharqi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Collaborating with the political police SAVAK

About this Case

About this Case

The news regarding Colonel Hushang Salimi Tehrani execution was published in Kayhan and Jomhuri Eslami Daily on 6 October 1979 and Enqelab Eslami Daily on 7 October 1979. Other information regarding this case was collected from Kayhan Daily (3 and 4 October 1979).

Colonel Salimi was the head of SAVAK (the intelligence organization under Pahlavi Regime) in Azarbaijan Sharqi and Ardebil Provinces and two cities namely, Bushehr and Ahwaz (Kayhan, 3 October 1979).

Arrest and detention

There is no specific information on the defendant’s arrest and detention.


Kayhan Daily reported on 3 October 1979 that the trial of Colonel Salimi along with 11 others began in the Revolutionary Tribunal of Tabriz. This trial continued until 5 October 1979, lasting 6 sessions. It seems that only the first session was allocated to Colonel Salimi (Kayhan, 3 October 1979).


According to Kayhan Daily, Colonel Salimi was charged with the following: “waging war against god, the prophet, and the 12th Imam; the massacre of warriors; trespassing on property; ordering to repress protesting students at universities; wasting the public budget; and creating repression.”

Evidence of guilt

The report of this execution does not contain information regarding the evidence provided against the defendant.


No information is available on Mr. Tehrani’s defense. There is no indication of the defendant’s lawyer in the entire news report, and it is not clear if he had access to other standards of effective defense such as summoning witnesses, questioning the prosecutor’s witnesses, etc.


The Revolutionary Tribunal of Tabriz recognized Colonel Salimi guilty of “corruption on earth” and “waging war against god” and sentenced him to death. This verdict was carried out in less than 2 hours between 1:00 and 1:30 a.m. on 5 October 1979 (Jomhuri Eslami and Kayhan, 6 October 1979, Enqelab Eslami 7 October 1979).

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