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One Person’s Story

Mohammad Ali Purjabbar Jahed


Age: 18
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Islam
Civil Status: Single


Date of Killing: September 25, 1981
Location of Killing: Tabriz, Azarbaijan-e Sharqi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Actively opposing the Islamic Republic; Armed rebellion against the Islamic Republic; Living in safe houses; Membership of anti-regime guerilla group; Participating in an anti-regime demonstration; Participating in clashes with revolutionary guards and or Bassij brothers; Plotting to overthrow the Islamic Republic; Possession of arms; Sedition and/ or threat to public security

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Mohammad Ali Purjabbar Jahed, son of Ali Akbar, and 34 other individuals, was published in Kayhan newspaper on Monday, September 28, 1981, quoting the communiqué of the Office of Public Relations of the Islamic Revolutionary Prosecutor General’s Office. The names and crimes of the accused have been stated in this communiqué. Mr. Purjabbar Jahed 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.

Based on available information, Mr. Purjabbar Jahed was a supporter of the Mojahedin Khalq Organization.

The Mojahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) was founded in 1965. This organization adapted the principals of Islam as its ideological guideline. However, its members’ interpretation of Islam was revolutionary and they believed in armed struggle against the Shah’s regime. They valued Marxism as a progressive method for economic and social analysis but considered Islam as their source of inspiration, culture, and ideology. In the 1970s, the MKO was weakened when many of its members were imprisoned and executed. In 1975, following a deep ideological crisis, the organization refuted Islam as its ideology and, after a few of its members were killed and other Muslim members purged, the organization proclaimed Marxism as its ideology. This move led to split of the Marxist-Leninist Section of the MKO in 1977. In January of 1979, the imprisoned Muslim leaders of the MKO were released along with other political prisoners. They began to re-organize the MKO and recruit new members based on Islamic ideology. After the 1979 Revolution and the establishment of the Islamic Republic, the MKO accepted the leadership of Ayatollah Khomeini and supported the Revolution. Active participation in the political scene and infiltration of governmental institutions were foremost on the organization’s agenda. During the first two years after the Revolution, the MKO succeeded in recruiting numerous sympathizers, especially in high schools and universities; but its efforts to gain political power, either by appointment or election, were strongly opposed by the Islamic Republic leaders.*

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of Purjabbar Jahed’s arrest and detention are not known.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial. According to the communiqué of the Office of Public Relations of the Islamic Revolutionary Prosecutor General’s Office, the Tabriz Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal tried Mr. Purjabbar Jahed and 34 other individuals.


The Office of Public Relations of the Islamic Revolutionary Prosecutor General’s Office has stated the charges brought against Mr. Mohammad Ali Purjabbar Jahed and 27 others as being “working with and being actively connected to the Hypocrites (derogatory terms used by the Islamic Republic to describe the MKO) organization, taking part in living in safe houses, procurement and possession of prohibited arms and explosive materials, participation in street demonstrations and skirmishes, approval and acceptance of the Hypocrites’ position of adopting armed struggle, devising plans of terror and spreading fear and insecurity among the engaged Moslem people [of Iran], plotting rising 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 does not contain information regarding the evidence provided against Mr. Purjabbar Jahed.


No information is available on Mr. Purjabbar Jahed's defense.


The Tabriz Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal sentenced Mr. Mohammad Ali Purjabbar Jahed to death. The sentence was carried out between Wednesday, September 23, and Friday, September 25, 1981, in [the city of] Tabriz and he was shot by a firing squad. Mr. Purjabbar Jahed was 18 years old.

*The exclusion of MKO members from government offices and the closure of their centers and publishing houses, in conjunction with to the Islamic Republic authorities’ different interpretation of Islam, widened the gap between the two. Authorities of the new regime referred to the Mojahedin as “Hypocrites” and the Hezbollahi supporters of the regime attacked the Mojahedin sympathizers regularly during demonstrations and while distributing publications, leading to the death of several MKO supporters. On June 20, 1981, the MKO called for a demonstration protesting their treatment by governmental officials and the government officials’ efforts to impeach their ally, President Abolhassan Banisadr. Despite the fact that the regime called this demonstration illegal, thousands came to the streets, some of whom confronted the Revolutionary Guardsmen and Hezbollahis. The number of casualties that resulted from this demonstration is unknown but a large number of demonstrators were arrested and executed in the following days and weeks. The day after the demonstration, the Islamic Republic regime started a repressive campaign – unprecedented in modern Iranian history. Thousands of MKO members and sympathizers were arrested or executed. On June 21, 1981, the MKO announced an armed struggle against the Islamic Republic and assassinated a number of high-ranking officials and supporters of the Islamic regime.

In the summer of 1981, the leader of the MKO and the impeached President (Banisadr) fled Iran to reside in France, where they founded the National Council of Resistance. After the MKO leaders and many of its members were expelled from France, they went to Iraq and founded the National Liberation Army of Iran in 1987, which entered Iranian territory a few times during the Iran-Iraq war. They were defeated in July 1988 during their last operation, the Forugh Javidan Operation. A few days after this operation, thousands of imprisoned Mojahedin supporters were killed during the mass executions of political prisoners in 1988. Ever since the summer of 1981, the MKO has continued its activities outside of Iran. No information is available regarding members and activities of the MKO inside the country.

In spite of the “armed struggle” announcement by the MKO on June 20, 1981, many sympathizers of the organization had no military training, were not armed, and did not participate in armed conflict.

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