Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

for Human Rights in Iran

Omid, a memorial in defense of human rights in Iran
One Person’s Story

Mohammad Reza Namdari (Charkhi)


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: July 25, 1980
Location of Killing: Dezful, Khuzestan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Acting against state's security; Sedition and/ or threat to public security

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Mohammadreza Namdari, along with three others, was reported by the correspondent of the Pars News Agency in Ahvaz, quoting the Islamic Revolutionary Guards of Dezful. The report was published in the Jomhuri Eslami daily on July 27, 1980. Further information about Mr. Mohammadreza Namdari, son of Alibaba, is based on an electronic form sent to Omid, quoting an article written by Mr. Mokhtar Shalalvand on the Akhbar-e rooz website on June 3, 2012. According to this information, he was born into a poor family in Aligudarz. After his father’s death, he was raised by his aunt and his blind cousin in Andimeshk. Since he was working at a bicycle shop, he was known as Mohammadreza Charkhi.         

Arrest and detention

According to the information sent to Omid, Mr. Mohammadreza Namdari was arrested in Dezful in 1980. He was transferred to the UNESCO Prison (the building formerly used by a foundation working with the UN). This was after a demonstration by the Unemployed Association and the violence that followed. Mr. Namdari participated in this demonstration. He was almost illiterate and had no political affiliation. For this reason, he expected to be released shortly after his arrest.       


No information is available on Mr. Namdari’s trial.  


According to the daily report, quoting the Islamic Revolutionary Guards of Dezful, Mr. Namdari’s charges were “using arms to intimidate people, impressive activity in the Andimeshk clash, and resisting the Revolutionary Guards.” According to the information sent to Omid, he was charged with “pressing the public to demonstrate” and “spying for the CIA.”

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. Namdari.  


According to the information sent to Omid, while being taken to the location of executions,  Mr. Mohammadreza Namdari cried that, “I did not do anything worthy of being executed. I only participated in a demonstration. Everyone participated. I am innocent.”


The Islamic Revolutionary Public Prosecutor’s Office of Dezful sentenced Mr. Mohammadreza Namdari to death. He was executed by firing squad, along with three others, on July 25, 1980. According to the information sent to Omid, Mr. Namdari resisted going to the execution place. The Guards tied a rope around his neck and pulled him until he became silent and fell down. His half dead body was taken to the place where he was shot. He was buried at the Valiabad cemetery in Dezful.        

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