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One Person’s Story

Ali Mahbaz


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


Date of Killing: December 19, 1981
Location of Killing: Evin Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Counter revolutionary opinion and/or speech

About this Case

The information about Mr. Ali Mahbaz is based on an interview with his sister. He was born in Fatideh village near Langerud (Gilan province) in 1947 and had two children. He was a science lab expert and worked in the laboratory of Sorkheh Hesar Hospital. He was a sympathizer of the Fadaiyan Khalq Organization. Before the Revolution, he was imprisoned for political activities for two years (1974-76). After he was executed, the officials dismissed his wife, who was a medical doctor, from work. A few years after his execution, prison officials called his family and told them that Ali's execution was a mistake and asked for their forgiveness.

The Fadaiyan Khalq Organization, a Marxist Leninist group, inspired by the Cuban Revolution and the 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 of the Soviet Union. The Fadaiyan Khalq Majority considered the Islamic Republic as 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

The circumstances of his arrest and detention are not known. Mr. Ali Mahbaz was arrested at his workplace in August, 1981. He was detained at Evin prison for two and a half months.


No information is available on the defendant's trial.


No information is available on Mr. Ali Mahbaz's charges. According to his sister, during a phone conversation with his wife before his execution he relayed his charges as "being Marxist and misleading the youth." Additionally, after his execution the officials told his wife that Ali Mahbaz had donated blood to the injured members of the Mojahedin Khalq Organization.

Evidence of guilt

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


No information is available about his defense. He was denied the right to have an attorney.


No specific information is available about the verdict leading to this execution. According to the above source, Mr. Ali Mahbaz was executed by a firing squad at Evin prison on December 19, 1981. A Revolutionary Guard who worked in the prison told Ali's family that he was killed by 9 bullets.

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