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One Person’s Story

Hossein Zeidabadi


Age: 22
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Non-Believer
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: July 26, 1981
Location of Killing: Kerman, Kerman Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Living in safe houses; Sedition and/ or threat to public security; Sympathizing with anti-regime guerilla groups; War on God, God's Prophet and the deputy of the Twelfth Imam

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Hossein Zeidabadi, son of Behzad, along with four others, was published in theKayhan newspaper on July 27, 1981. The Public Relations Department of the Central Public Prosecutor’s Office announced these executions, the defendants' names and their charges, and released this to the media.

News of this execution was also published in the Peykar publication, number 126, on November 9, 1981. According to this report, Mr. Hossein Zeidabadi was born to a hard working and poor family in a village near Kerman in 1959. He was accepted in the Teacher Training School in Kerman in 1979 and began his political activity for the Peykar Organization in the same year. He was arrested once for propaganda against the reactionary war in 1980 but released after two months. He became a member of the Central Committee of the Peykar Student Organization in Kerman.

Mr. Hossein Zeidabadi 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. According to this report, Mr.

Mr. Hossein Zeidabadi 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

According to the Peykar publication, Mr. Hossein Zeidabadi was arrested by the regime’s agents on July 7, 1981. The circumstances of this defendant’s arrest and detention are not known.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


According to theKayhan newspaper, the charges against Mr. Hossein Zeidabadi were announced as, “uprising against the Islamic Republic, supporting the deviant and destructive group of Peykar, and establishing a team house.”

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. Hossein Zeidabadi's defense.


The Islamic Revolutionary Court of Kerman identified Mr. Hossein Zeidabadi as, “Mohareb (fighter) against God and the Prophet, Mortad (apostate), Mofsed (corruptor on Earth), and Baghi (rebel).” He was condemned to death. The ruling was carried out when he was executed by firing squad in Kerman on July 26, 1981. The Public Prosecutor’s Office of Kerman denied the right of these victims to be buried in the Moslem cemetery, considering them apostates. According to the Peykar publication, Mr. Hossein Zeidabadi was executed by firing squad after being tortured severely by the regime’s agents.

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