Full Name:

Sadegh Mahsouli (a.k.a. Sadeq Mahsuli)


Sadegh Mahsouli was born on 9 April 1959 in Urmia, Iran. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in business administration.


  • Governor of Urmia
  • Commander of the 5th East Azerbaijan Western Division in 1982
  • Deputy Governor of West Azerbaijan
  • Inspectorate for the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps
  • Adviser to the Expediency Discernment Council
  • Interior Minister from 2008 to 2009
  • Welfare Minister from 2009 to 2011

Human rights violations (in chronological order):

As Interior Minister, Sadegh Mahsouli was responsible for the police forces which violently arrested and oppressed activists and university students during the peaceful protests following the 2009 presidential election.

  • Protest Suppression

He played a key role in the 15 June 2009 attack on student dormitories, in which 50 students were arrested and detained underground in the basement’s 4th floor, at the Interior Ministry’s building. The basement detention center was under Sadegh Mahsouli’s supervision. In the basement detention center, Mahsouli’s police forces tortured the students. The students reported being beaten with batons, denied bathroom use, and sexual tortures.

  • Kahzirak

Sadegh Mahsouli oversaw Kahrizak, an extrajudicial police detention center. Under his supervision, 3 people died from torture there and 2 died from torture-related complications following their release from the center.

  • E.U. Sanctions

On 10 October 2011, the European Union published the names of 29 officials from the Islamic Republic of Iran, including Sadegh Mahsouli, whom the E.U. asserts are “responsible for serious human rights violations” and is thus subjecting to travel bans and asset freezes.[1]


[1]EU Council statement  on 10 October 2011

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