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One Person’s Story

Rahman (Keyvan) Kia


Age: 19
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Islam
Civil Status: Single


Date of Killing: July 6, 1981
Location of Killing: Chalus, Mazandaran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Actively opposing the Islamic Republic; Participating in clashes with revolutionary guards and or Bassij brothers; Plotting to overthrow the Islamic Republic

About this Case

The news of the execution of Mr. Bahman Kia was announced in a report published in Kayhan on July 8, 1981.

Mr. Kia, 19, and a supporter of the Fadayian Guerrilla Organization, is also one of the 12028 individuals listed in an addendum to the Mojahed magazine (No 261), published by 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.

The Fadayian Khalq Guerrilla Organization, a Marxist Leninist group inspired by the Cuban Revolution and the urban guerrilla 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. A number of the Organization’s members, who did not renounce armed struggle, founded the group the Fadayian Khalq Guerrillas (Ashraf Dehqani Branch).

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of Mr. Kia’s arrest and detention are not known.


Based on available information, the Noshahr Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal issued Mr. Kia’s sentence. No information is available on Mr. Kia’s trial.


According to the Kayhan report Mr. Kia and another individual were charged with “participating in demonstrations aimed at overthrow [of the Islamic Republic], involvement in clashes in Gonbad, Siahkal, Langarud, Kurdistan, and acting intensively against the Islamic Republic.” The Kayhan report also referred to Mr. Kia as an “apostate” .

Evidence of guilt

The report of this execution does not contain information regarding the evidence provided against Mr. Kia.


No information is available on Mr. Kia’s defense.


The Noshahr Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal found Mr. Kia guilty of corruption on earth, waging war on God, and apostasy, and sentenced him to death. Mr. Kia was executed by a firing squad in Noshahr on July 6, 1981. Mr. Kia was 19 years old at the time of his execution.

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