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One Person’s Story

Ali Radfar

About

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

Case

Date of Killing: November 23, 1981
Location: Bojnurd, Khorasan\Khorasan-e Razavi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Unspecified execution method
Charges: Unknown charge

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Ali Radfar, son of Mohammad Hassan, along with ten others, was published in the Jomhuri Eslami newspaper on November 25, 1981. The Public Relations Department of the Central Revolutionary and Public Prosecutor’s Office issued an announcement about this execution and released it to the Pars news agency. Mr. Radfar 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.

He is also 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.

Mr. Radfar was from Bojnord.

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.

Trial

No information is available on the defendant’s trial.

Charges

The charges against Mr. Radfar were announced as “propaganda activity and financial support for the Peykar Organization, propaganda for an armed uprising, and connection to the Peykar 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.

Defense

No information is available on Mr. Radfar's defense.

Judgment

َThe Islamic Revolutionary Court of Bojnord identified Mr. Ali Radfar as "a corruptor on earth, an enemy of God, and a rebel." He was condemned to death and executed in Bojnord on November 24, 1981.

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