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One Person’s Story

Mas'ud Taqizadeh


Age: 27
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Islam
Civil Status: Single


Location of Killing: Tabriz, Azarbaijan-e Sharqi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Attempt to assassinate or assassination of state dignitaries; Bombing

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Massood Taqi Zadeh, a member of the Forqan group, along with another defendant, was reported in the Jomhuri Eslami Daily on January 30, 1982.

Mr. Taqizadeh's is also 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.

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of this defendant’s arrest and detention are not known.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


Mr. Taqi Zadeh was reported to be “a highly active member as well as the head of the Forqan group who had participated in the assassinations of the political and religious figures, such as the assassination of Ayatollah Qazi, the attempted assassination of Hojatalislam Khamenei, the bombing at the Azam Mosque in Qom and the attempted assassination of Hojatalislam Hashemi Rafsanjani, the speaker of the Iranian Islamic Parliament.”

Evidence of guilt

According to this report, Mr. Taqi Zadeh was “arrested under a false name and released before. He was caught again on September 8, 1982 in Tehran and confessed to his actions with regard to assassination, bombing and leadership of the aforementioned grouplet.”


No information is available on Mr. Taqi Zadeh’s defense.


The report specified that Mr. Taqi Zadeh was hanged in public but did not mention the tribunal that issued his death sentence.

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