Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

for Human Rights in Iran

Omid, a memorial in defense of human rights in Iran
One Person’s Story

Mohammad Davud Nuri


Age: 22
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Non-Believer
Civil Status: Single


Date of Killing: October 26, 1982
Location of Killing: Arak, Markazi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Counter revolutionary offense; Counter revolutionary opinion and/or speech; Printing/distributing leaflets

About this Case

The information about Mr. Mohammad Davud Nuri has been sent to Omid, via an electronic form, by a relative. The execution of Mr. Nuri, along with ten other individuals, was reported in the Jomhuri Eslami newspaper on November 1, 1982. Moreover, he is 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.

Mr. Nuri was born in 1960 in Arak. He studied medicine in Tehran University and lived with his parents. He was sympathizer of the Fadaiyan Khalq Organization (Minority branch).

The Fadaiyan Khalq Organization, a Marxist Leninist group inspired by the Cuban Revolution and the urban guerilla movements of Latin America, was founded in 1971 by two communist groups opposed to the Pahlavi regime. Following the 1979 revolution, the Organization, which had renounced armed struggle, split over their support of the Islamic Republic and of the Soviet Union. The Fadaiyan Khalq Minority opposed the Islamic Republic and was active mainly in the political arena and the labor movement.

Arrest and detention

The exact details of Mr. Nuri’s arrest and detention are not known. What is known is that he was arrested around noon in May/June 1981 on Ashura Street in Arak. According to the available information, there was no warrant for his arrest. During his imprisonment, Mr. Nuri was beaten and punched while blindfolded. His family was not aware of his whereabouts for 7 months.


According to the newspaper report, Mr. Nuri was tried at the Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Arak. His family was not officially informed of the trial, but his family members believed that the first trial condemned Mr. Nuri to 5 years imprisonment.


The sender of the electronic form stated that Mr. Nuri was charged with “being anti-revolutionary, cooperation with the Communist Minority Organization, and distribution of the newspaper of this Organization.” The newspaper reported that Mr. Nuri was “a member of the Central Committee of the Fadaiyan Khalq Guerilla Organization (Minority branch) that is at war with God.”

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. The sender of the electronic form emphasized that there was no evidence of guilt.


No information is available concerning Mr. Nuri’s defense.


At a second trial, the Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Arak condemned Mr. Mohammad Davud Nuri to death. The Supreme Court approved this ruling. Mr. Nuri, along with ten other individuals, were shot by a firing squad on the mountains near Arak on October, 26, 1982 at 4 a.m.

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