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One Person’s Story

Alireza Akbari Shandiz


Age: 34
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Non-Believer
Civil Status: Married


Date of Killing: January 8, 1987
Location of Killing: Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Membership of anti-regime guerilla group; Armed rebellion against the Islamic Republic

About this Case

Information about Mr. Alireza Akbari Shandiz, son of Hossein, is based on several electronic forms sent to Omid by persons familiar with this case. His name is also on the list ofthe Fadaiyan Khalq Organization’s victims. Additional information is taken from the facebook page of Rooz Online (May 21, 2017).

According to this information, he was born in Mashhad in 1952. He was the oldest child in his family, a high school graduate, and a sympathizer of the Fadaiyan Khalq Organization – Majority. According to an electronic form, Mr. Akbari Shandiz had been imprisoned for political activism for five years during the previous regime. After being released in 1977, he joined the Fadaiyan Khalq Guerilla Organization and took charge of the Kurdistan branch of the organization. He later became a Politburo member of the Fadaiyan Khalq Majority organization. The house he was grown up in was a hide-out for Seyed Ali Khamenei in several occasions (Rooz Online Facebook page).

The Fadaiyan Khalq Organization - a Marxist-Leninist group inspired by the Cuban Revolution and 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 the Soviet Union.  The Fadaiyan Khalq Majority considered the Islamic Republic to be a revolutionary and anti-imperialist regime and supported it. After the spring of 1983, however, the Islamic Republic targeted its members solely because of their political beliefs.

Arrest and detention

According to one electronic form sent to Omid, Mr. Alireza Akbari Shandiz was arrested, probably in Tabriz, in June of 1981. He was detained for five years without trial or an attorney. According to another electronic form, Mr. Akbari Shandiz was arrested by the Revolutionary Guards in Orumieh when planning to cross the border in May of 1981. He was first transferred to Tabriz and then to Evin Prison in Tehran. According to this report, he had had no visitation by early 1982. While in detention and after Khamenei was elected as President, his famiy sought assistance from Khamenei to no avail (Rooz Online Facebook page).


According to one electronic form sent to Omid, Mr. Akbari Shandiz was not tried. However, according to another electronic from, he was probably tried at Evin Prison in January of 1987.


No information is available on Mr. Akbari Shandiz’s charges.

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. Akbari Shandiz.


No information is available about Mr. Akbari-Shandiz’s defense.


No specific information is available about Mr. Akbari Shandiz’s execution. According to the information sent to Omid, Mr. Alireza Akbari-Shandiz was executed in Tehran on March 8, 1987. A grave location in Behesht-e Zahra cemetery was shown to his family as his burial place two months later. According to the list of victims of the Fadaiyan Khalq Organization – Majority, he was executed by firing squad in March of 1988.   

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