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One Person’s Story

Sa'id Bazargan


Age: 31
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Non-Believer
Civil Status: Single


Date of Killing: December 3, 1981
Location: Esfahan, Esfahan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Unknown charge

About this Case

Mr. Sa'id Bazargan is one of the 12,028 individuals listed in an addendum to the Mojahed magazine (No 261), published by Mojahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) on September 6, 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.

Additional information about Mr. Bazargan is taken from the book Our Martyrs in the Path to Freedom by Rah-e Kargar publication, copyright 1988. He was born in the village of Ba'abadaran close to Esfahan. He was a university student and a worker for Tavanir in Esfahan. During the revolution, he founded the Independent Council of Tavanir Employees in Esfahan. He played an active role in organizing the worker strikes against this company. (Tavanir is an electrical generating company. It has been said that when he was executed, the workers of Tavanir cut the power in parts of the city as a sign of respect for him.) After the 1979 Revolution, he joined the Rah-e Kargar Organization.

"Rah-e Kargar" or the "Revolutionary Workers Organization of Iran" was established in the summer of 1979. The Organization was founded by individuals from various leftist groups who believed in political action but had rejected the idea of armed struggle. They called themselves as Marxist-Leninists, wanting to promote a socialist revolution and the leadership of the proletariat. They differed with the pro-Soviet communist party, Tudeh, in that they opposed both the Islamic Republic and Ayatollah Khomeini's leadership.

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of this defendant’s arrest and detention are unknown. According to the Rah-e Kargar book, Mr. Bazargan was arrested on September 5, 1981. He was transferred to the Committee Prison in Esfahan. He was reportedly tortured severely. Some prisoners reported seeing his bruised and bloodied body on a stretcher. He was denied access to an attorney and visitation with his family.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


No information is available on Mr. Bazargan’s charges.

The validity of the criminal charges brought against this defendant cannot be ascertained in the absence of the basic guarantees of a fair trial.

Evidence of guilt

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


No information is available about the defendant’s defence.


No specific information is available about the defendant’s execution. Mr. Bazargan was executed by a firing squad in Esfahan in December 3, 1981.

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