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One Person’s Story

Mas'ud Purkarim


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Non-Believer
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: 1983
Location of Killing: Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Unspecified execution method

About this Case

The information about Mr. Mas’ud Purkarim was published in the Peykar magazine (No. 45, March 3, 1980). An edited volume by Mihan Rusta et al Inescapable Escape (Berkeley: 2008) also reports the execution. Mr. Purkarim is one of the 430 individuals whose names appear on the list of “Martyrs of the Peykar Organization for the Liberation of the Working Class” published on the website of Andeesheh va Peykar. This list contains the names of those members of the organization who died after the revolution of 1979. More than 400 of the individuals on this list have been executed.

According to Peykar, Mr. Purkarim was born in Bandar Anzali in 1947. He started his political activity with the Mojahedin Khalq Organization in 1971. He joined the Marxist Faction during the ideological change of this organization. In 1974, he participated in some military operations such as the explosion operation objecting to Soltan Qabus’s travel to Iran, and the Omran Bank explosion. He continued his activity with the Peykar Organization from 1977. He was the Peykar candidate for Bandar Anzali during the parliamentary election. Mr. Purkarim was a candidate for parliamentary election, a member of the central committee of the Peykar, and in charge of the Tabriz Committee.

Mr. Abbas Kayqobadi, who was Mr. Purkarim’s cellmate in October of 1983, states that the latter was very thin, and as a result of torture, his kidneys collapsed. He underwent dialysis. He had a strong morale. He was quiet most of the time; but when he spoke he spoke of hope and consoled other prisoners. In prison, many political prisoners acted in concert with comrades of their own political organization. But Mr. Purkarim was an exception; he did not limit himself to follow organizational behaviors at the expense of other political prisoners (Inescapable Escape).

The Peykar Organization for the Liberation of the Working Class was founded by a number of dissident members of the Mojahedin Khalq Organization who had converted to Marxism-Leninism. Peykar was also joined by a number of political organizations, known as Khat-e Se (Third line). The founding tenets of Peykar included the rejection of guerrilla struggle and a strong stand against the pro-Soviet policies of the Iranian Tudeh Party. Peykar viewed the Soviet Union as a “social imperialist” state, believed that China had deviated from the Marxist-Leninist principles, and radically opposed all factions of the Islamic regime of Iran. The brutal repression of dissidents by the Iranian government and splits within Peykar in 1981 and 1982 effectively dismantled the Organization and scattered its supporters. By the mid-1980s, Peykar was no longer in existence.

Arrest and detention

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


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


No information is available on Mr. Purkarim’s charges.

Evidence of guilt

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


No information is available on Mr. Purkarim’s defense.


According to the report of his cellmate, Mr. Mas’ud Purkarim, along with Mr. Ali Shakeri, a Fadaiyan Khalq sympathizer, was taken for execution on January 1, 1984. No further information is available about the execution.

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