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One Person’s Story

Mehrdad Mehrpur


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


Date of Killing: July 20, 1982
Location of Killing: Esfahan, Esfahan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Armed rebellion against the Islamic Republic; Counter revolutionary opinion and/or speech; Membership of anti-regime guerilla group; Printing/distributing leaflets; Unspecified counter-revolutionary offense; Apostasy

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Mehrdad Mehrpur, along with five others, was reported in the Jomhuri Eslami daily on July 27, 1982.

Mr. Mehrpur (Ettehadieh Komonist-ha) 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 Ettehadieh Komonist-ha was created by exiled opponents of the Pahlavi regime who mostly belonged to the Student Confederation. They followed the teachings of Mao Tse-Tung and did not believe in guerilla warfare. The group became marked by ideological divides during the periods preceding and following the 1979 revolution which caused it to split into several factions. One of the most important rifts was triggered by the decision by a number of members to take up arms and take over a city in Iran. The uprising plan, devised in the midst of an active and violent anti-communist campaign by the revolutionary Islamic government, split the Ettehadieh in two factions: one believing in the armed movement and the other opposing it.

In the winter of 1982, armed members of the Ettehadieh hid in a forest in the North of Iran (Jangal in Farsi) outside the city of Amol. This group, also known as the Jangal group, was involved in several clashes with the Revolutionary guards and ultimately, on January 26, attacked the city of Amol hoping to generate a general uprising. The attempt to seize Amol failed. It is reported that a number of the group’s members, revolutionary guards, and civilians were killed during the Amol clash. Subsequently, members of the Ettehadieh, including those who opposed the Amol uprising, were arrested and tried for belonging to the organization and for having participated in the Amol clash.

Arrest and detention

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


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


According to this report, Mr. Mehrpur was charged with “membership in the Union of Iranian Communists who are enemies of God, being extremely active in the organization, accepting Marxist principles as a school of thought, distributing Marxist publications and books, armed uprising against the Islamic Republic with the intention of overthrowing it, participating in street debates and supporting the Union’s positions, being in charge of outstanding propaganda campaigns in Esfahan University and leading the youth astray according to the Union’s interests, establishing a propaganda center, participating in team sessions and opening a plastic store and using it as a cover for group activities, providing 60 ‘se rahi’ (explosives) for himself and his wife in order to fight with the revolutionary forces, being an apostate by nature, regarding the fact that he used to be a Muslim and believer in Islam.”

Evidence of guilt

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


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


The Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Esfahan declared Mr. Mehrpur “a corruptor on earth, an enemy of God and an apostate by nature and sentenced him to death.” Having been confirmed by the Supreme Judicial Council, the sentence was carried out.

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