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One Person’s Story

Mas'ud Shama'i


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


Date of Killing: August 29, 1983
Location of Killing: Evin Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Death in custody

About this Case

The information about Mr. Mas'ud Shama'i is taken from the book Our Martyrs for Freedom and Socialism by Rah-e Kargar Publications. He was born in Borujerd. Before the revolution, he was a student at Tehran University, but was expelled in 1972 because of his political activities, and went on to serve his compulsory military service. In 1974, he was arrested and detained until the revolution. After the revolution he was released from prison and became a student in Tabriz University majoring in Electrical Engineering. When the Revolutionary Workers Organization of Iran, Rah-e Kargar was established, he joined the Organization and was quickly put in charge of publishing its main publication.

"Rah-e Kargar" or the "Revolutionary Workers Organization of Iran" was established in the summer of 1979. The Organization was founded by individuals from various leftist groups who rejected the idea of armed struggle and believed in political action. They identified themselves as Marxist-Leninists, promoting a socialist revolution and the leadership of the proletariat. They differed with the pro-Soviet communist party, Tudeh, in that they opposed the Islamic Republic and Ayatollah Khomeini's leadership.

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of this defendant’s arrest and detention are not known. According to the above source, Mr. Mas'ud Shama'i was arrested on Sattarkhan Street in Tehran on December 21, 1981 as he was waiting to meet someone. He was transferred to Evin Prison.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


No information is available on Mr. Mas'ud Shama'i’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 his defense.


Whether or not there was a death sentence is not know. Mr. Mas'ud Shama'i died in prison on August 29, 1983. The above book states that he died under torture, but the prison authorities claimed that he had died of heart attack.

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