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One Person’s Story

Sasan Khoshbu'i


Age: 17
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Islam
Civil Status: Single


Date of Killing: September 19, 1981
Location of Killing: Evin Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Actively opposing the Islamic Republic

About this Case

The information about Mr. Sasan Khoshbu’i has been taken from his brother’s presentation at the Second International Seminar on the Massacre of Iranian Political Prisoners, held in Köln, Germany, in August 2007. Mr. Khoshbu’i’s name is also mentioned in the addendum to the Mojahed magazine (No 261), published by Mojahedin Khalq Organization in 1985. The list includes 12028 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. Moreover, this execution was announced by the communiqué of the Central Revolutionary Prosecutor’s Office and published in the Kayhan newspaper on September 20, 1981.

The communiqué of the Prosecutor’s Office states: “Kill those who rise against you for it is their punishment… The Revolutionary Prosecutor’s Office… which bears the heavy responsibility in protecting the regime that has risen from the blood of tens of thousands of martyrs and is supported by the vast majority of the heroic nation, has tried these godless barbarians and condemned fifty of them, whose crime has been proven to the court, and whose existence leads to nothing other than corruption and destruction, to death.”

Mr. Sasan Khoshbu’i was one of the 8 children in his family and was a high school student. A few years prior to the 1979 Revolution, his family was politicized and some of the children in the family became sympathizers of the Mojahedin Khalq Organization (MKO). Mr. Sasan Khoshbu’i was shot in street clashes probably in 1980. After some time, the Friday Imam of Jahrom called the Khoshbu’i family “anti-Revolutionary” and their house was attacked. In July/August 1981, state officials went to their house in Fasa and arrested the family members. Mr. Khoshbu’i’s brothers, Sirus and Gholam Ali were killed in street clashes with state officials. Gholam Ali’s wife, Ms. Azam Sayadi was executed in December 1982/January 1983. Mr. Sasan Khoshbu’i was in charge of the MKO high school activities in Jahrom, and after moving to Tehran, he was responsible for an operational team of the Organization.

Arrest and detention

The details Mr. Khoshbu’i’s arrest and detention are not known. He was arrested in early September 1981 in Tehran and taken to Evin prison. According to his brother, he was tortured at Evin.


There is no information regarding this trial.


The Kayhan newspaper announced the collective charge against Mr. Khoshbu’i and 80 other individuals as “anti-Islamic activities.” The charges brought up personally against Mr. Khoshbu’i are not known.

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

No information is available concerning the evidence presented against the accused.


No information is available concerning Mr. Khoshbu’i’s defense.


According to the communiqué of the Central Prosecutor’s Office, Mr. Sasan Khoshbu’i and 49 other individuals were shot by a firing squad in Evin prison on September 19, 1981. His family read the news in the newspapers, while they were imprisoned in Adelabad prison (Fars province).

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