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One Person’s Story

Farhad Radvar


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


Date of Killing: December 28, 1981
Location: Karaj, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Armed robbery; Plotting to overthrow the Islamic Republic; Printing/distributing leaflets

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Farhad Radvar was reported in the Kayhan newspaper on December 29, 1981, and in an addendum to the Mojahed magazine (No 261), published by Mojahedin Khalq Organization in 1985. This addendum lists 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. The newspapers report calls Mr. Radvar and his co-defendant “two of the leaders of the apostate group-let of Fadaiyan Minority in Karaj.”

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 details of Mr. Radvar’s arrest and detention are not known.


There is no information regarding this trial, other than Mr. Radvar was tried at the Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Karaj.


The newspaper announces the charges against Mr. Radvar and his co-defendant as “three counts of armed robbery, carrying arms, distribution of the Organization’s publications, and plotting against the regime of the Islamic Republic.”

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. Radvar’s defense.


The Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Karaj called Mr. Farhad Radvar an “enemy of God” and condemned him to death. He was shot by a firing squad in Karaj on December 28, 1981 at dawn.

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