Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

for Human Rights in Iran

Omid, a memorial in defense of human rights in Iran
One Person’s Story

Ali Cheraghi


Age: 22
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Non-Believer
Civil Status: Single


Date of Killing: 1985
Location of Killing: Iran
Mode of Killing: Death in custody
Charges: Unknown charge

About this Case

Mr. Ali Cheraghi is one of the 12028 individuals listed in an addendum to the Mojahed magazine (No 261), published by Mojahedin Khalq Organization in 1985. The list includes individuals, affiliated with various opposition groups, who were executed or killed during clashes with the Islamic Republic security forces from June 1981 to the publication date of the magazine.

Further information was sent to Omid via an electronic form by a person familiar with the case. Mr. Cheraghi, born and residing in Takab, was a teacher. He was also a member of the Fadayian Khalq Organization (minority).

The Fadayian Khalq Organization, a Marxist Leninist group inspired by the Cuban Revolution and the urban guerilla movements of Latin America, was founded in 1971 by two communist groups opposed to the Pahlavi regime. Following the 1979 revolution, the Organization, which had renounced armed struggle, split over their support of the Islamic Republic and of the Soviet Union. The Fadayian Khalq Minority opposed the Islamic Republic and was mainly active in the political arena and the labor movement.

There is a discrepancy between the two sources regarding the method used in Mr. Cheraghi’s execution.

Arrest and detention

The details of this defendant’s detention are not known. According to the form, Mr. Cheraghi was arrested on July 1, 1985 at around 4 p.m. at the Khomeini Avenue in Takab. He was held at the Takab Committee’s Intelligence Office. He reportedly died under torture.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


The charges against the defendant are unknown.

Evidence of guilt

The report of this execution does not contain information regarding the evidence provided against the defendant.


No information is available on Mr. Cheraghi's defense.


No specific information regarding the death sentence is available.

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