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One Person’s Story

Ali Chaharmahali Ka'idi


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


Date of Killing: May 1, 1984
Location of Killing: Iran
Mode of Killing: Unspecified execution method
Charges: Unknown charge

About this Case

Information regarding Mr. Ali Chaharmahali Ka’idi was obtained through an interview with one of his old friends and cellmates as well as from the book “Parandeh-ye Noparvaz” [The Bird that Had Just Learned How to Fly] (published by the Communist Party of Iran in summer of 2004).

Mr. Chaharmahali Ka’idi joined the revolutionary organization, Tudeh Party, while abroad in the 1960s. Later, he joined the Fars Artmed Movement and traveled to China and Cuba for political and military training. For a while, he did activist work with Iranian workers in Dubai. He returned to Iran before the revolution and joined the “Ettehadieh Komonist-ha” [Union of Communists]. He had an instrumental role in preparation for the Sarbedaran Uprising in 1981. In addition, he was an activist with the Workers’ Movement and a member of the Founding Board of the Abadan Project Syndicate. Mr. Chaharmahali was married.

The “Ettehadieh Komonist-ha” was created by exiled opponents of the Pahlavi regime who mostly belonged to the Student Confederation. They followed the teachings of Mao Tse-Tung and did not believe in guerilla warfare. The group became marked by ideological divides during the periods preceding and following the 1979 revolution which caused it to split into several factions. One of the most important rifts was triggered by the decision by a number of members to take up arms and take over a city in Iran. The uprising plan, devised in the midst of an active and violent anti-communist campaign by the revolutionary Islamic government, split the Ettehadieh in two factions: one believing in the armed movement and the other opposing it.

In the winter of 1982, armed members of the Ettehadieh hid in a forest in the North of Iran (Jangal in Farsi) outside the city of Amol. This group, also known as the Jangal group, was involved in several clashes with the Revolutionary guards and ultimately, on January 26, attacked the city of Amol hoping to generate a general uprising. The attempt to seize Amol failed. It is reported that a number of the group’s members, revolutionary guards, and civilians were killed during the Amol clash. Subsequently, members of the Ettehadieh, including those who opposed the Amol uprising, were arrested and tried for belonging to the organization and for having participated in the Amol clash.

Arrest and detention

The details of Mr. Chaharmahali Ka’idi’s arrest are unknown. He was arrested on a Tehran street. According to his cellmate, he had been tortured severely during interrogations and his feet and calves were bandaged up to his knees. He had been hospitalized at the Evin Prison Medical Center for a while due to infected wounds on his feet.

One of Mr. Chaharmahali’s cellmates in Cell 65, Ward 209 of Evin Prison, recounts the following: “He had a very high spirit. He knew that he would be executed soon –he had been tried before being transferred to our cell—but this had not affected his mood or his daily routine by any means; for example, he still ate well. He said that he had not personally participated in the 1981 attack to Amol and that he regretted not having done so.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


The chargers brought against Mr. Chaharmahali are not known.

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. Chaharmahali’s defense.


Mr. Ali Chaharmahali Ka’idi was executed on May 1st, 1984. No information is available on the details of the sentence.

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