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One Person’s Story

Karim Sa'i


Age: 32
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Non-Believer
Civil Status: Single


Date of Killing: July 27, 1981
Location of Killing: Tabriz, Azarbaijan-e Sharqi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Death in custody
Charges: Unknown charge

About this Case

News of the murder of Mr. Karim Sa’i was published in the Peykar publication, number 115, on August 24, 1981. According to this report, he began his political activities with the Mojahedin Khalq when he was a student in Birmingham, England in 1973. The organization ordered him to move to Turkey and, after the revolution, he returned to Iran. He continued his political activity with the Peykar Organization in Khuzestan from March of 1979.

Mr. Karim Sa’i 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. Karim Sa’I was a student in Birmingham, England, and in Turkey. He was an experienced political activist.

Mr. Karim Sa’i 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

The circumstances of this defendant’s arrest and detention are not known.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


No information is available on Mr. Karim Sa’i'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. Karim Sa’i's defense.


According to the list of Martyrs of the Peykar Organization and the report of the Peykar publication, Mr. Karim Sa’i was killed in Tabriz while being tortured in the prison on July 27, 1981. No more specific information is available about the defendant’s murder.

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