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One Person’s Story

Mohammad Gol Rigi


Age: 25
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Non-Believer
Civil Status: Single


Date of Killing: April, 1982
Location of Killing: Zahedan, Sistan Va Baluchestan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Death in custody
Charges: Unknown charge

About this Case

Mr. Mohammad Gol Rigi 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. He is also 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.

Mr. Rigi was a student at Sistan and Baluchestan University.

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 details of this defendant’s arrest and detention are not known. According to one of his cellmates, Mr. Rigi attempted to escape from the Zahedan Prison. He was shot at the second attempt.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


No information is available on Mr. Rigi’s charges.

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. Rigi’s defense.


Based on a witness’s testimony, Mr. Rigi was shot during his second escape attempt from the Zahedan Prison in April of 1982. The officials took him back to the prison where he died under torture the same night (Andeesheh va Peykar). The next day, prison officials showed his body to other prisoners and announced that he was killed during his escape, adding “This is the consequence of attempting to escape.”

Mr. Rigi was 25 years old.

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