Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

for Human Rights in Iran

Omid, a memorial in defense of human rights in Iran
One Person’s Story

Khayam Qorbanpur


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


Date of Killing: November 29, 1981
Location of Killing: Evin Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Unspecified counter-revolutionary offense

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Khayam Qorbanpur, son of Mahbub, along with 29 others, was published in theKayhan newspaper on December 1, 1981. The Public Relations Department of the Central Public Prosecutor’s Office issued an announcement concerning these executions, the defendants' names, and their charges, and released it to the Pars news agency. On December 4, 1981, the Central Public Prosecutor’s Office issued a corrective announcement regarding the charges against five defendants.

Additional information was sent by a friend of the defendant through an electronic form to the Omid site. According to this form, Mr. Khayam Qorbanpur was born to a middle class family in Tabriz in 1956. He was a student in the Technical Faculty of Tehran University. He entered the university in 1975. He was a sympathizer of the Peykar Organization.

Mr. Khayam Qorbanpur 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. Khayam Qorbanpur 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 electronic form, Mr. Khayam Qorbanpur was detained in the Evin prison in Tehran and interrogated by Lajvardi, Tehran’s Public Prosecutor at the time. The circumstances of this defendant’s arrest and detention are not known.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


In the first announcement by the Central Public Prosecutor’s Office, the charges against Mr. Khayam Qorbanpur were announced as, "being a sympathizer of the communist organization of Peykar, membership in the Organizational Team, and having an illegitimate relationship with a girl as an organizational marriage." In the second announcement, the charges were announced as, "being an active sympathizer of the communist organization of Peykar, member in the Organizational Team, and one of the responsible members for the Student Section in Eastern Tehran.

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. Khayam Qorbanpur's defense.


َThe Central Islamic Revolutionary Court identified Mr. Khayam Qorbanpur as, "Mohareb (fighter), Mofsed(corruptor on Earth), and Baghi (rebel) against the Islamic Republic of Iran." He was condemned to death. The ruling was carried out and he was executed by firing squad in Tehran on November 29, 1981. No exact information is available about the details of the court verdict.

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