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One Person’s Story

Reza Shaltuki


Age: 57
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Non-Believer
Civil Status: Married


Date of Killing: November 20, 1983
Location of Killing: Iran
Mode of Killing: Death in custody

About this Case

The information about Mr. Reza Shaltuki is taken from the book The Tudeh Martyrs by The Tudeh Party of Iran Publications. He was born in Kermanshah in 1926. He became a member of the Youth Organization of the Tudeh Party in 1945. After graduating from the Air Force Military College, he joined the Tudeh Party. In 1954, he was arrested and imprisoned. In November, 1978, he was released from prison and began his activities as a member of the Political Bureau of the Tudeh Party.

The Tudeh Party of Iran was created in 1941. The Tudeh Party ideology was Marxist-Leninist and it supported the former Soviet Union's policies. The 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 Party declared Ayatollah Khomeini and the Islamic Republic regime revolutionaries and anti-imperialists and actively supported the new government. Although the Party never opposed the Islamic Republic, it became the target of government attacks in 1982 when most of the Party's leaders and members were imprisoned.

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of details of his arrest and detention are not known. Mr. Reza Shaltuki was arrested by the Revolutionary Guards on February 6, 1983. According to the above book, he was severely tortured. This source quotes a witness saying: "He lost quite a lot of weight before he died."


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


No information is available on Mr. Reza Shaltuki’s charges.

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 contains no evidence provided against the defendant.


No information is available about the defendant’s defense.


According to the above book, Mr. Reza Shaltuki died on November 20, 1983 while being tortured. No information is available about a possible ruling against him.

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