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One Person’s Story

Aziz Mohammad-Rahimi


Age: 30
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Non-Believer
Civil Status: Single


Date of Killing: August 17, 1981
Location of Killing: Evin Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Participating in armed demonstrations; Living in safe houses; Actively opposing the Islamic Republic

About this Case

A reader, a wrestler, and an accountant, he quietly helped neighbors in financial need.  Communication skills came into play when he worked with a revolutionary marxist group (1975 – ‘81).

Information about Mr. Aziz Mohammad-Rahimi, son of Jalil, was collected from interviews with two individuals who were close to him. His execution was announced in a statement of the Public Relations Department of the Prosecution Office of Tehran, printed in the Jomhuri Eslami newspaper on September 20, 1981. Also, Mr. Mohammad-Rahimi is one of the 12,028 individuals listed in an addendum to the Mojahed magazine (No 261), published by the Mojahedin Khalq Organization in 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.

He was born in Tehran on April 20, 1951. He was a member of the Fadaiyan Khalq Organization, Minority faction. He worked as an accountant and was a student of accounting.

In 1975, he started his political activism with the Fadaiyan Khalq Organization and was detained for a short period. When there was a split within the organization, he joined the Minority faction since he strongly opposed the Islamic Republic regime. He was in charge of the labor section of the organization in the south of Tehran. He was in contact with workers and promoted their ideological principles.

According to a relative, “He was honest and friendly, and very sympathetic to hard-working people. Since he was employed, he was relatively well-off. His family lived in a working class neighborhood. He helped those in financial need, although he never mentioned that to his family members. It was only after his execution, that his family heard stories about how he helped others.” On his personal traits, the interviewee says, “He liked wrestling and practiced in the gymnasium. He also loved books, and read about a broad range of subjects. He had the ability to communicate with everyone and exchange ideas with them. He was very humble.”

An interviewee remembers that one day, when the revolution was at its peak and about to topple the monarchy, Mr. Mohammad-Rahimi came home and said that one repressive regime was going to replace another.

The statement of the prosecution office that announced his execution, begins with this verse of the Quran, “God has promised the hypocrites, both men and women, as well as the deniers of the truth, the fire of hell…” (IX: 68). The statement says, “Heroic and militant nation… with your cooperation and with the endeavors of the 20 million strong military of our brothers in the armed forces, the ugly face of hypocrites has been unveiled, and with the discovery of the den of corruption of mercenaries of the super-powers, duplicity will be uprooted from our society, and the society of Islamic justice will be founded… The Islamic Revolutionary Prosecution Office has been established on the basis of Islamic rules and principles and is trying to create a healthy atmosphere and the realization of divine justice…” The statement goes on to announce the execution of “19 people who are at war with God and His Prophet, and who are corruptors on earth.”

Two of Mr. Mohammad-Rahimi’s sisters, Soheila and Mehrangiz, were executed in the massacre of political prisoners in 1988. His nephew, Hossein Majidi was killed in Evin Prison in 1981. Mr. Mohammad-Rahimi’s brother, Hushang, was executed in 1992.

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

Mr. Mohammad-Rahimi was arrested at his work-place in Tehran on July 28, 1981, and taken to Evin Prison. His family found out from other Evin prisoners that he was arrested by agents of the intelligence section of the Revolutionary Guards. According to an interviewee, “as a result of torture, his kidneys failed, [and] his feet were swollen and infected.” This person explained, “since the prison authorities know that he was from a political family, and that he was active as a member of his organization, they tortured him to obtain information about his comrades.”


The newspaper report mentions the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Tehran. No other information is available about Mr. Mohammad-Rahimi’s trial.


The prosecution office announced that Mr. Mohammad-Rahimi was charged with “presence in safe-houses, being in charge of a team [that participated in] armed demonstrations against the Muslim people, and having participated in terrorist crimes for his 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. Mohammad-Rahimi’s defense. The interviewee rejects the charges and emphasizes that Mr. Mohammad-Rahimi was not involved in any armed action, and that his activities were merely political and ideological.


Mr. Mohammad-Rahimi was shot by firing squad in Evin Prison on August 17, 1981.

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