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One Person’s Story

Tayeb Najmoddini


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


Date of Killing: August 4, 1980
Location of Killing: Tabriz, Azarbaijan-e Sharqi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Extrajudicial killing
Charges: Unknown charge

About this Case

Mr. Tayeb Najmoddini is one of the 430 individuals whose names appear on the list,“Martyrs of the Peykar Organization for the Liberation of the Working Class” published on the website Andeesheh va Peykar. This list contains the names of those members of the organization who died after the 1979 Revolution. More than 400 of the individuals on this list have been executed. The information about him has been taken from the Peykar magazine, No. 96 (August 25, 1980).

According to the available information, Mr. Najmoddini was a third year medical student at Tabriz University and a member of the University and High School Students’ Section of the Peykar Organization.

The Peykar Organization for the Liberation of the Working Class was founded by a number of dissident members of the Mojahedin Khalq Organization who converted to Marxism-Leninism. The Peykar Organization 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

At 5 a.m. on August 4, 1980, Mr. Najmoddini and a friend, Mr. Mas’ud Salehirad, were distributing leaflets of the Peykar Organization when they were arrested either by agents of the Revolutionary Guards Corps, or by one of its subsidiary committees.


According to information available, Mr. Najmoddini was not summoned to a court or tried before his arrest.


The charge brought against the defendant is not known.

Evidence of guilt

At the time of his arrest, Mr. Najmoddini was distributing Peykar leaflets.


No information is available about Mr. Najmoddini’s defense.


Two hours after Mr. Najmoddini’s arrest, a shepherd found the bodies of two young men. Next to the bodies, he could see the tire marks of a van or a Jeep – the same type of vehicle that the Revolutionary Guards used. Three days later, the bodies were buried at the Vadi Rahmat cemetery in Tabriz as “unidentified individuals.” On August 15, affiliates of the Peykar Organization discovered what had happened.

On August 18, 1980, a memorial service was held at the cemetery. Family members of the two young men were at the memorial service, including Mr. Najmoddini’s father and uncle, who came from Kordestan.

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