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One Person’s Story

Ali Khajehvand


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


Date of Killing: August 13, 1981
Location: Qazvin, Zanjan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Living in safe houses; Printing/distributing leaflets; Unspecified offense

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Ali Khajehvand, along with three other individuals, was announced in a communiqué of the Public Relations Department of the Central Revolutionary Public Prosecutor’s Office, and published in the Kayhan newspaper on August 18, 1981. Mr. Khajehvand is also 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.

Moreover, Mr. Khajehvand is 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.

The official communiqué states: “… four members of the Peykar and Hypocrite [referring to Mojahedin Khalq Organization] group-lets, who had had aimed their guns at the heart of our dispossessed nation and had served the armed forces of American imperialism and the criminal Saddam [Hussein] on the soil of our Islamic fatherland, were brought to the divine justice.”

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.


Mr. Khajehvand was tried in the Revolutionary Court of Qazvin. No other information is available on the trial.


The charges against Mr. Khajehvand were announced as “establishing a safe house, gathering intelligence about the Revolutionary Guards, publishing and distributing the Peykar publications, and recruiting [for the Organization].”

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. Khajehvand’s defense.


َThe Islamic Revolutionary Court of Qazvin condemned Mr. Ali Khajehvand to death and he was executed by firing squad on August 13, 1981.

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