Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

for Human Rights in Iran

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One Person’s Story

Rahim Hatefi


Age: 40
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Non-Believer
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: July 19, 1988
Location: Evin Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Unknown charge

About this Case

Information about Mr. Rahim Hatefi, was based on two electronic forms sent to the Boroumand Foundation by persons familiar with his case. Additional information is taken from the websites of Komaleh and the Communist Party of Iran, “Victims’ Album.” According to this information, he was born in Sanandaj in 1948. He had a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and was a teacher in Rasht high schools before the revolution. He was arrested and detained by SAVAK before the revolution. After being released, he was active in founding some communist groups, later known as the Third Line, including “Working Class Fighters.” The unity of these groups established the Revolutionary Union Organization. In 1979, Mr. Rahim Hatefi was elected as a member of the Kurdistan Committee of the organization that cooperated with Komaleh in Sardasht, Kurdistan. He founded the group “Razm-e Enqelabi” in Tehran in 1981. When the Communist Party of Iran was founded, he joined the party in 1982 and became an active member until his arrest.  

The Sahand Organization (or “Ettehad-e Mobarezan-e Komonist”) was founded after the Islamic Revolution of February 1979, with the specific goal of focusing on theory and ideology.  Upon being designed and developed by Sahand, the Communist Party of Iran was founded in 1982 by Sahand and Komala together, along with the remaining members of such other Communist organizations as Peykar, Razmandegan, and certain affiliates of the Fadaiyan Khalq. Later, Sahand itself was divided into a number of various factions. Once the principal pillar of the Communist Party of Iran, Komala then separated from the Party. The Communist Party of Iran is now composed mostly of Sahand members and there is a Kurdistan organization affiliated with it, which also calls itself Komala.

Arrest and detention

According to an electronic form, Mr. Rahim Hatefi was arrested in Tehran in 1983. However, according to the website of the Communist Party of Iran, he was arrested, along with his wife and his small child, in February of 1986. According to this report, he was tortured severely. According to a report, Mr. Hatefi was exposed by a comrade who was under his supervision. When tortured, this person had told his interrogator that Mr. Hatefi was in love with his neighbor and, if agents perform surveillance at his residence, they could arrest him. They did so, and Mr. Rahim Hatefi was arrested when he visited his neighbor.     


Mr. Rahim Hatefi was condemned to death during his trial. No further information is available on the defendant’s trial.


No information is available on Mr. Rahim Hatefi’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. Rahim Hatefi.


No information is available about Mr. Rahim Hatefi’s defense.  


The court condemned Mr. Rahim Hatefi to death. He was executed by firing squad in Evin Prison on July 19, 1988. No specific information is available about his execution.      

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