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1979: Four Generals of the Shah

February 15th, 2010 Headsman

Shortly before midnight this date in 1979, Iranian royalist Generals Mehdi Rahimi, Reza Naji, Manuchehr Khosrodad, and Nematollah Nassiri were shot in a Tehran school courtyard after a snap trial by the newborn Iranian revolutionary regime.

General Mehdi Rahimi.

The Iranian Revolution had only just overthrown the remains of the absconded Shah’s regime; the country observes the “Decade of Fajr” over the first 11 days of February, commemorating the “Dawn” of the Islamic Republic from the return of Ayatollah Khomeini to the fall of the luckless loyalists installed by Pahlavi on his way out the door.

In this uncertain situation, the new regime seized its newfound authority … violently.

General Rahimi — probably the most voluptuously eulogized of the bunch — still pulls tribute for his loyalty to the collapsing monarchy, and his salute to the Shah even when in revolutionary custody.

Lower-profile to posterity, Naji had once governed Isfahan under martial law; Khosrodad was a general of the air force; and Nassiri headed the hated secret police SAVAK.

All were convicted of the catch-all charge of “corruption on earth” (just imagine what they’d do with the banksters!), and upon a quick confirmation of sentence from Khomeini, immediately shot. (Their property was also confiscated.)


See? Shot.

The notorious hanging judge who chaired the drumhead tribunal later recalled in his memoirs

The first people I tried and punished for their deeds were Nematollah Nasiri, head of SAVAK, and Khosrodad, air force commander; Naji, martial law administrator of Esfahan, and Rahimi, martial law administrator of Tehran and head of police force. … All the people who were sentenced to death by the Revolutionary Tribunals were the best examples of ‘corruptor on earth’ and they were executed as such.

A Corruptor on earth is a person who contributes to spreading and expanding corruption on earth. Corruption is what leads to the decline, destruction and the deviation of society from its nature. People who were executed had strived in spreading corruption and prostitution, circulating heroin, opium and licentious behavior, atheism, murder, betrayal, flattery, and, in sum, all these vile qualities. These people’s problems were aggravated by the fact that they did not repent once they saw the people’s revolution.

I believed at the time, and I still believe, that all the parliamentarians and senators, all governors, heads of SAVAK and police, who held office after 1963 and the Imam’s boycott, should be sentenced to death. High-ranking ministry officials who were instrumental in the survival of the [Shah’s] apparatus and who, for getting close to the Shah and his family, would accept any humiliation are all convicted (condemned).

To sum up, all the people that I condemned and who were executed in the early days of the establishment of the Revolutionary Tribunals and later in the Qasr prison were all corruptors on earth and, based on the Quran, their blood was a waste.

(The executions were announced on February 16, and that date is sometimes cited as the execution date. Feb. 15 appears to be more strongly attested to me. Whatever the clock said, these men’s deaths marked the start of a juridical bloodbath.)

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12 thoughts on “1979: Four Generals of the Shah”

  1. Arshiya says:

    These “generals” were responsible for crime against people of Iran.
    My father nearly died in Savak’s prison. He was a student in Tehran during the revolution and was arrested for attending the funeral of a classmate who was killed during a protest rally. The funeral was held at the dead student’s home and not a public place.

    1. Reza says:

      Arshiya , you must read history and know the truth. These are Army officers not responsible for your dad. Please don’t make very uneducated comment.

  2. niroohavaee shahanshahee says:

    As a former IIA/IRIAF pilot and officer, I regret not staying loyal to his majesty and believing a liar like khomenie. Under his majesty our country was on the up and making gains. now not so much. \

    Khoda, Shah, Mihan.

  3. OGEN ASKARO says:

    I WAS 14 AT THAT TIME & I SAW IT ALL.
    AS FAR AS I HAVE STUDIED TRUE HISTORY,THESE PEPOLE WERE AS GREAT AS GREAT ANTOWNET,GREAT AS LINCONE,GREAT AS ZAR 1917,GREAT AS KENEDY 1963.
    YOU SEE WE NEVER LEARND GREAT HISTORY FROM THESE GREAT MEN (LIONS) ON THE EARTH & MANY MANY MORE LIKE THEM.
    I TOLD YOU I WAS THERE,MEHDI RAHEEMI SAID IN COURT & DIED FOR IT,HE SAID
    TILL SHAH IS KING,I AM HIS SERVENT & I AM PROUD OF THAT.
    NOW YOU TELL ME IS NOT THIS A TRUE PEATERASTIC MAN,OFCOURSE
    I,LL TAKE MY HAT OUT FOR HIM.
    LOOK IT IS MUCH MORE THAN MEET THE EYE.
    OUR LORD & GOD CHRISTALMIGHTY SAID
    ,,,YOU SHALL KNOW THE TRUTH & TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE,,,
    GOD YARHAMO ALL THE DECESED LIONS,,,

  4. ali says:

    your ‘analysis’ is pure bullshit….
    you are a fool if you think you are an ‘expert’ on iran!

    these men were victims of the biggest setup in recent history-
    the shah made the mistake of not exterminating the mullahs in 63 before they unleashed hell on iran.

    keep your crap to yourself, and learn to respect these great men

    1. cindy says:

      yes……….they were victims…II was acquainted
      with one of them………….this is tragic……..

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