Kazem Sami (Persian: کاظم سامی‎; 1935 – 23 November 1988)[1] was Iran's minister of health[2] in the transitional government of Mehdi Bazargan and leader of The Liberation Movement of People of Iran (JAMA).

Kazem Sami
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Minister of Health
In office
13 February 1979 – 29 October 1979
Prime MinisterMehdi Bazargan
Preceded byManouchehr Razmara
Succeeded byMousa Zargar
Member of Parliament of Iran
In office
28 May 1980 – 28 May 1984
ConstituencyTehran, Rey and Shemiranat
Majority819,186 (50.1%)
Personal details
Kazem Sami Kermani

Mashhad, Iran
Died23 November 1988(1988-11-23) (aged 52–53)
Tehran, Iran
Political partyJAMA
Children2 daughters

Political careerEdit

Kazem Sami was one of the leaders and organizers of the Iranian revolution. He served as the minister of health in the Iran's interim government, making him Iran's first minister of health after the Iranian Revolution of 1979. He ran in the first Iranian presidential elections, but lost to Abolhassan Banisadr, coming sixth out of the seven presidential candidates. He served as a deputy in the first post-revolutionary Iranian Parliament. After distancing himself from the revolutionary government, Dr Sami remained one of the few active opposition leaders in Iran, openly criticizing the Islamic Republic government. He also wrote a famous open letter to Ayatollah Khomeini, criticizing him for the continuation of the Iran-Iraq war after Iran had recovered her occupied territories, notably the liberation of Khorramshahr.


Dr. Sami was murdered in his private medical clinic in 1988,[3] under suspicious circumstances.[4] He is believed to be one of the first victims of the "Chain murders",[5] a series of murders and disappearances of Iranian dissident intellectuals in the 1990s.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Extrajudicial killings supported by law and Islamic jurisprudence | IRAN HUMAN RIGHTS REVIEW". Retrieved 2019-10-19.
  2. ^ Sentinel, Orlando. "DR. KAZEM SAMI, Iran's first health minister..." OrlandoSentinel.com. Retrieved 2019-10-19.
  3. ^ "PROFILE: Becoming the president of Iran - The Commentator". www.thecommentator.com. Retrieved 2019-10-19.
  4. ^ Basmenji, Kaveh (2013-01-25). Tehran Blues: Youth Culture in Iran. Saqi. ISBN 9780863565151.
  5. ^ An Iranian Health Authority Is Reported Slain at a Clinic
Government offices
Preceded by Minister of Health
Succeeded by
Non-profit organization positions
Preceded by President of the Iranian Red Lion and Sun Society
Succeeded by
Party political offices
New title Secretary-General of the JAMA
Succeeded by