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One Person’s Story

A'zam Sayadi


Age: 18
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Islam (Shi'a)
Civil Status: Married


Date of Killing: January, 1983
Location of Killing: Shiraz, Fars Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Unknown charge

About this Case

The execution of Ms. A’zam Sayadi was reported in an addendum to the Mojahed magazine (No 261), published by Mojahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) in 1985. The list includes 12028 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. Additional information about Ms. Sayadi is taken from the Mojahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) website, as well as her brother-in-law’s presentation at the Second International Seminar on the Massacre of Iranian Political Prisoners, held in Köln, Germany, in August 2007.

Mr. Sayadi was born in Jahrom, was a high school graduate and a MKO sympathizer. To continue her activities with MKO and avoid being arrested in Jahrom, she went to Shiraz sometime before the June 20, 1981 demonstrations. Her husband, Gholam Ali Khoshbu’i, was killed in street clashes in April/May 1982. Her brother-in-law, Sasan Khoshbu’i was executed in September 1981 in Evin prison.

The demonstration of June 20, 1981, was a protest against the parliament's impeachment of President Banisadr and the Islamic Republic's systematic policy of excluding the MKO from the country's political scene, the Ayatollah Khomeini’s refusal to meet with MKO leaders and his insistence to disarm them. Until that day, the MKO had supported the leadership of Ayatollah Khomeini and agreed to function within the framework of the new political system. On June 20, 1981, the MKO officially changed its policy and tried to overthrow the regime by organizing mass demonstrations all over the country. These demonstrations, which were severely suppressed and resulted in the killing of dozens of demonstrators, were followed by a wave of mass arrests and executions by the Revolutionary Guards and paramilitary forces that targeted not only the MKO, but all opposition groups. The massive repression, unprecedented in the history of the Islamic Republic, legitimized the months-old state harassment and suppression of dissidents and resulted in the banning of all forms of independent political dissent.

Arrest and detention

There is no specific information on the defendant’s arrest and detention. According to the MKO website, Ms. Sayadi was arrested in the spring of 1982. During her six-month detention in Shiraz prison, she was tortured severely. A prisoner who saw her four months after her arrest is quoted saying: “She had open wounds all over her body from neck to feet. You could see the flesh. It was horrific.”


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


No information is available on Ms. Sayadi’s charges.

Evidence of guilt

The report of this execution contains no evidence provided against the defendant.


No information is available on Ms. Sayadi’s defense.


No specific information is available about this execution. According to the MKO website, Ms. Sayadi was executed in Shiraz prison in January 1983.

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