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One Person’s Story

Ali Akbar Khan Ahmadi


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


Date of Killing: August 30, 1981
Location of Killing: Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Unknown charge

About this Case

Having attended only primary school, Mr. Khan Ahmadi worked at the Aghajari Oil Co. in Khuzestan.  The state regarded him as an “important member” of Peykar.

The execution of Mr. Ali Akbar Khan Ahmadi, son of Eskandar, along with fourteen other individuals, was announced in a communiqué of the Public Relations Department of the Central Public Prosecutor’s Office and published in the Jomhuri Eslami newspaper on August 31, 1981. Mr. Khan Ahmadi is one of the 430 individuals whose names appear on the list of “Martyrs of the Peykar Organization for the Liberation of the Working Class” published on the website of Andeesheh va Peykar. This list contains the names of those members of the organization who died after the revolution of 1979. More than 400 of the individuals on this list have been executed.

Mr. Khan Ahmadi is also one of the 12,028 individuals listed in an addendum to the Mojahed magazine (No 261), published by the Mojahedin Khalq Organization 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.

The communiqué of the Public Relations Department of the Central Revolutionary Public Prosecutor’s Office states: “Hail to the fighters of the war against the world infidels under the leadership of blood-thirsty America, and hail to the heroic and martyr-producing nation, which obstruct criminals and merciless Hypocrites, and which reports these criminals against the Koran and Islam to the armed forces and the judiciary on a daily basis, and which accepts the calling of the Koran that ‘O Prophet, strive hard against the unbelievers and the Hypocrites, and be firm against them’” [9: 73].

Mr. Khan Ahmadi worked at the Oil Company of Aghajari (Khuzestan province) for many years.

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

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


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


Mr. Khan Ahmadi was charged with “being an important member of the Peykar Organization, being in charge of the Service and Logistics Committee and responsible for forging documents, and all the technical and electronic operations of the Organization.” The communiqué also mentions that ten defendants “worked underground and served full-time for the hellish organization and received salaries.” Moreover, all 15 defendants were charged with “plotting and armed rebellion against the Islamic Revolution and innocent people.”

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 on Mr. Khan Ahmadi’s defense.


The Central Islamic Revolutionary Court called Mr. Ali Akbar Khan Ahmadi “at war with God, corruptor on earth and a rebel” and condemned him to death. He was shot by a firing squad on August 29, 1981.



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