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One Person’s Story

Ali Khosusi


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


Date of Killing: July 5, 1981
Location of Killing: Evin Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Acting against state's security; Actively opposing the Islamic Republic

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Ali Khosusi, along with twenty-two others, was published in the Kayhan and Jomhuri Eslami newspapers on July 19, 1981, quoting the Public Relations Office of the Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor’s Office of the Islamic Republic.

Mr. Khosusi 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. According to this source, Mr. Khosusi was a sympathizer of the Fadaiyan Organization.

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

There is no specific information on the defendant’s arrest and detention.


The Islamic Revolutionary Court of Tehran tried Mr. Khosusi.


The charges against Mr. Ali Khosusi were announced as “membership in the Marxist organization of Fadaiyan Khalq Minority, acting against the Islamic Republic, activity and leadership in a team house, registering membership and encouraging ignorant people to join [the organization], and committing anti-people acts against the Islamic Republic.”

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 did not provide any specific information on the evidence presented against the defendant.


No information is available on Mr. Khosusi's defense.


َThe Islamic Revolutionary Court of Tehran identified Mr. Khosusi as "a corruptor on earth, at war with God and a rebel." He was condemned to death. The ruling was carried out when he was executed by firing squad in the Evin prison on July 5, 1981.

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