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One Person’s Story

Mohammad Ali Esmaili Fard


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: February 6, 1980
Location of Killing: Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Murder of persons and/or killing Muslims or/and freedom fighters; Collaborating with the political police SAVAK

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Mohammad Ali Esmaili Fard was reported along with three others in the Ettela’at daily (February 7, 1980). According to the report, a fifth individual, Brigadier General Jamsheed Fathi Moqadam, former Commander of Artillery of the Infantry Division of the Guard, asked to perform a ceremonial washing right before the sentence was carried out. When, concerned about his long absence, the Revolutionary Guards went to the prison bathroom, they found that he had committed suicide by cutting his wrist with a sharp object. He was reported to have bled to death.

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of this defendant’s arrest and detention are not known.


According to the report, Mr. Esmaili Fard was tried at the Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of the Center (Tehran) along with four other defendants, two of them convicted of adultery and rape. No specific information about the circumstances of the trial is provided in the report.


The Revolutionary Tribunal explained the defendant’s charges to the correspondent of the Ettela’at daily as follows: “He became a member of SAVAK [former regime political police]. in 1351 [1972] and has repeatedly participated in armed anti-people operations, resulting in the murder, assault, and battery of Mojahedin and combatants. For instance, he has participated in the 11/12/1353 [02/21/1974] armed operation, which resulted in the martyrdom of Mojtaba Khoramabadi. Also, based on his own confessions, he has martyred one of the mojahedin on Azarbayejan Street in the 1975 operations and carried his body in a cab to the police station.”

Evidence of guilt

In his report to the correspondent of the Ettela’at daily, the Revolutionary Tribunal spokesman referred to the defendant’s own confessions as the evidence of guilt for the last charge pressed on him by this tribunal. However, no evidence was provided in this report regarding the rest of the charges.


No information is available on the accused’s defense.


The Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of the Center (Tehran) sentenced Mr. Esmaili Fard to death. He was executed in the Evin prison at dawn.

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