At 5 a.m. today, 21 people were shot in Tehran by sentence of the previous day’s revolutionary court — the largest mass-execution since the Iranian Revolution three months prior. “Revolutionary courts consolidate the gains of the revolution,” exulted an official newspaper.
While the bulk of this morning’s condemned were lower-ranking Savak personnel or former policemen, several distinct VIPs were also shot along with them.
Gholam Riza Kianpour, the Shah’s former Minister of Justice. He had unwisely turned himself in.
Mohammad Riza Ameli Tehrani, a nationalist intellectual and the Shan’s former Minister of Information.
Javid Sa’iid, a doctor and the former speaker of Iran’s parliament during the short-lived (and now officially proscribed) transitional government just before the February revolution.
Brigadier General Ali Fathi, convicted of killing anti-government protesters during the yearlong struggle preceding the revolution.
The names of all 21 people executed this date can be perused by date-searching the Iran Human Rights Memorial database.