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One Person’s Story

Mohsen Behkish


Age: 23
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Non-Believer
Civil Status: Single


Date of Killing: 1985
Location of Killing: Evin Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Membership of anti-regime guerilla group

About this Case

The information about Mr. Mohsen Behkish is based on an interview with a person close to him. He was a high school graduate and a sympathizer of the Fadayian Khalq Organization (Minority). In 1981, in order to escape the prosecution, he had to move and live in different cities. His sister, Zhara, a sympathizer of the same organization, died under torture in 1983. One of his brothers, Mohammad Ali, another sympathizer of the Fadayian Khalq Organization (Minority), was executed in 1988. His brother, Mohammad, was killed extra-judicially in 1981. Another brother, Mahmud, a sympathizer of the Fadayian Khalq Organization (Majority), was executed in 1988.

The Fadayian 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 Fadayian Khalq Minority opposed the Islamic Republic and was mainly active in the political arena and the labor movement.

Arrest and detention

Mr. Mohsen Behkish was arrested by the Revolutionary Guards of the Joint Committee in his parents’ house sometimes after August 25, 1983. After entering the house, the Guards attacked him immediately and battered him in front of his parents in order for him to surrender the weapons that they thought he possessed. His detention places were the Joint Committee, Evin, and the Revolutionary Guards Base in Mashhad.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


The charge against Mr. Mohsen Behkish was announced as “membership of the Fadayian Khalq Organization (Minority).”

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 the defendant.


No information is available about his defense.


Mr. Mohsen Behkish was condemned to death and executed by a firing squad at Evin prison in 1985. The prison officials return his will to his family. He was buried at Behesht-e Zahra cemetery and his tombstone is not damaged yet.

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