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One Person’s Story

Kuchek Aqa Namazi


Age: 34
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Non-Believer
Civil Status: Married


Date of Killing: August 31, 1983
Location of Killing: Evin Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Unknown charge

About this Case

The information about Mr. Kuchak Aqa Namazi, son of Rajab Ali, is based on an interview with a person close to him. Mr. Namazi was born in Zanjan on March 26, 1949. He graduated from the Commerce College in Tehran. He was married and had a daughter. Initially, he was a member of the Mojahedin Khalq Organization. After the arrest of the Mojahedin leaders in 1971, he went underground and then, left the country. He was a member of the Mojahedin until 1975. Then, he became a member of the Marxist-Leninist section of Mojahedin Khalq Organization. He returned back to Iran days before the revolution. In Iran, he was a high ranking member of the Peykar Organization for the Liberation of the Working Class and in charge of the editorial of the Peykar publication.

This execution was also announced, under the name Mohammad Namazi, in the addendum of the Mojahed magazine, No. 261, published by the Mojahedin Khalgh Organization on September 6, 1985. The list includes 12,028 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. Additionally, he is one of the 430 individuals whose name appears on the list of “Martyrs of the Peykar Organization for the Liberation of the Working Class” published on the website of Peykar Andeesheh.

The Peykar Organization for the Liberation of the Working Class was founded by a number of dissident members of the Mojahedin Khalq Organization who had converted to Marxism-Leninism. Peykar was also joined by a number of political organizations, known as Khat-e Se (Third line). The founding tenets of Peykar included the rejection of guerrilla struggle and a strong stand against the pro-Soviet policies of the Iranian Tudeh Party. Peykar viewed the Soviet Union as a “Social imperialist” state, believed that China had deviated from the Marxist-Leninist principles, and radically opposed all factions of the Islamic regime of Iran. The brutal repression of dissidents by the Iranian government and splits within Peykar in 1981 and 1982 effectively dismantled the Organization and scattered its supporters. By the mid-1980s, Peykar was no longer in existence.

Arrest and detention

Mr. Kuchak Aqanamazi was arrested on his way from Karaj to Tehran on July 19, 1983. He was on his way to the hospital to seek treatment for cancer, but he never reached the hospital. There was no news of him for 40 days. He was detained at Evin prison incommunicado. He was denied the right to be represented by an attorney. After 40 days, he called his father’s house in Zanjan and talked to his sister for few minutes.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


No information is available on Mr. Kuchak Aqa Namazi’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 does not contain information regarding the evidence provided against the defendant.


No information is available about his defense.


Mr. Kuchak Aqa Namazi was executed by a firing squad on August 31, 1983. No specific information is available about the execution sentence. According to persons close to him, the prison officials called his family and, without any explanation, told them to go for his body. When they went to the prison, they were told: “you are late, we buried him.” The family went to the Behesht-e Zahra cemetery. The mortician told them that Mr. Namazi had six bullet holes in his body. He was surprised because the others were executed by four bullets.

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