Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

for Human Rights in Iran

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One Person’s Story

Ali Shenasa'i


Age: 71
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Non-Believer
Civil Status: Married


Date of Killing: November, 1984
Location of Killing: Iran
Mode of Killing: Death in custody
Charges: Unknown charge

About this Case

The information about Mr. Ali Shenasa'i is taken from the book The Tudeh Martyrs, copyright 2001 by The Tudeh Party of Iran publications. He was born in Baku where he was a worker. In 1931, he came to Iran and joined the Tudeh Party in 1941. In 1948, he was arrested and condemned to imprisonment for one year. In 1954, he secretly left Iran to participate in the International Workers Syndicate as a representative for the Iranian Workers Syndicates. When he was returning home, he was arrested in Beirut and extradited to Iran. He was condemned to five years imprisonment. There is no information about his activities after the Islamic revolution.

The Tudeh Party of Iran was created in 1941. The Tudeh's ideology was Marxist-Leninist and it supported policies of the former Soviet Union. The Tudeh Party played a major role in Iran's political scene until it was banned for the second time following the August 19, 1953 coup. After the 1979 Revolution, the Tudeh Party declared the Ayatollah Khomeini and his Islamic Republic regime revolutionaries and anti-imperialists and actively supported the new government. Although the Tudeh Party never opposed the Islamic Republic, it became the target of its attacks from 1982 when most of the Party's leaders and members were imprisoned.

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of this defendant’s arrest and detention are not known. According to the book The Tudeh Martyrs, Mr. Shenasa'i was arrested on February 6, 1983. He was detained for two years and reportedly tortured while in detention.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


No information is available on Mr. Shenasa'i’s charges.

Evidence of guilt

The report of this execution contains no evidence provided against the defendant.


No information is available about the defendant’s defence.


According to the above book, Mr. Ali Shenasa'i died under tortured in November 1984. He was 71 years old.

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