Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

for Human Rights in Iran

Omid, a memorial in defense of human rights in Iran
One Person’s Story

Sasan Ja'fari


Age: 20
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Islam (Shi'a)
Civil Status: Single


Date of Killing: 1981
Location of Killing: Evin Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Death in custody
Charges: Unknown charge

About this Case

Mr. Sasan Ja’fari is 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.

Further information regarding Mr. Ja’fari’s arrest, detention and death was sent to Omid via an electronic form (e-form) by a person familiar with this case. Mr. Ja’fari was one of the sympathizers of the Mojahedin Khalq Organization and was politically active.

Arrest and detention

Mr. Ja’fari was reportedly arrested in 1981 on his way to a drug store "because he looked suspicious" of being a political activist, by the Revolutionary Guards. He refused to give out his real name due to the fear of being identified as one of the Mojahedin Khalq’s sympathizers. He was held at the Evin Prison and did not have visitations with his family to keep his identity hidden. He was reportedly tortured while in prison (e-form).


It is not clear whether the defendant had a trial or not.


The reports of this execution do not specify the charges brought against this defendant.

Evidence of guilt

There is no information regarding the evidence provided against the defendant.


No information is available on Mr. Ja’fari's defense. It is mentioned in the form that he was engaged in cultural and political activities in his neighborhood in the west of Tehran.


It is mentioned on the e-form that Mr. Ja’fari’s family visited the prison multiple times giving the authorities his physical description before they were notified by the authorities that he had committed suicide while in prison. His former cellmates, however, denied this allegation saying that Mr. Ja’fari did not commit suicide but was killed under torture. Mr. Ja’fari’s family learnt of his death in 1985, but the exact year of his death is unknown.

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