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15 September 1982 – Sadegh Ghotbzadeh

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Sadegh Ghotbazadeh

Sadegh Ghotbazadeh

The former foreign minister in Iran, Sadegh Ghotbzadeh was executed on this day in 1982.

A loyal aide to Ayatollah Khomeini and a keen supporter of the National Front in Iran, the keen right-winger was sentenced to death for conspiracy.

He was apparently had up for approaching the US to see if they’d support a coup to overthrow the incumbent leaders of Iran.

‘Time’ magazine even referred to Ghotbzadeh as a ‘moderating influence’ for his comments on the US hostages in Iran. However, he remained highly critical of both the US and Russia. So it comes as no surprise that it was the Americans who shopped him to the Iranians. A firing squad gunned him down at Tehran, aged roughly 46.

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