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One Person’s Story

Mohammad Hossein Khorasanian


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


Date of Killing: August 18, 1981
Location of Killing: Qom, Markazi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Actively opposing the Islamic Republic; Counter revolutionary opinion and/or speech; Possession of arms; Printing/distributing leaflets

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Mohammad Hossein Khorasanian, son of Mohammad, along with seven others, was published in the Jomhuri Eslami newspaper on August 19, 1981 and the Kayhan newspaper the next day. The Public Relations Department of the Central Public Prosecutor’s Office issued a statement concerning these executions, the defendants’ names and their charges, and released it to the Pars news agency. Mr. Khorasanian 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. Moreover, his name appears among 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. Additionally, his will and execution is mentioned in the Peykar publication (No. 122, October 12, 1981).

He wrote his will, using the nickname of Faridoddin Musavi, before being arrested on June 24, 1981. The will was taken by the regime’s agents on the same day.

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

According to the Peykar publication, based on the date of his will, Mr. Khorasanian was arrested on June 24, 1981. The circumstances of this defendant’s arrest and detention are not known.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


The charges against Mr. Khorasanian were announced as being “a sympathizer of the fighting organization of Peykar, possession of a hand-made grenade, forging an ID card of the Imam Propaganda Office with the name of Ali Soleimani, active membership of Peykar and distribution of its publications.”

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. Khorasanian’s defense.


َThe Islamic Revolutionary Court of Qom identified Mr. Khorasanian as “being at war with God and a rebel against the Islamic Regime.” He was condemned to death and was executed by firing squad in Qom on August 18, 1981. He was a high school student.

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