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One Person’s Story

Ruhollah Teymuri

About

Age: 26
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Non-Believer
Civil Status: Single

Case

Date of Killing: August 29, 1981
Location: Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Armed robbery; Living in safe houses; Printing/distributing leaflets

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Ruhollah Teymuri, son of Aqar, along with fourteen others, was published in theJomhuri Eslami newspaper on August 31, 1981. The Public Relations Department of the Central Public Prosecutor’s Office announced these executions, the defendants' names and their charges, and released it to the press.

Mr. Ruhollah Teymuri 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. 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.

Mr. Ruhollah Teymuri is one of 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 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

According to the announcement, the charges against Mr. Ruhollah Teymuri were announced as, "a) Being in charge of the Publication and Distribution Committee for Internal Publications under cover of two lithographic companies called Azar and Technofine, b) Armed robbery from Melli Bank in Salsabil and stealing the workers' salaries in General Motors in Karaj, c) Frequenting the organization's houses in order to plan for assassinations and overthrow of the Islamic Republic." Also, there were charges shared by five defendants such as, "they worked underground and served full-time for the hellish organization and received salaries."

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. Ruhollah Teymuri's defense.

Judgment

َThe Central Islamic Revolutionary Court identified Mr. Ruhollah Teymuri as "Mohareb (fighter) against God and the Prophet, Mofsed (corruptor on Earth), and Baghi (rebel)." He was condemned to death and the ruling carried out on August 29, 1981.

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