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One Person’s Story

Mas'ud Birang Khojastehpur

About

Nationality: Iran
Religion: Islam
Civil Status: Single

Case

Date of Killing: 1981
Location: Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Unspecified execution method
Charges: Unknown charge

About this Case

The information about Mr. Mas’ud Birang Khojastehpur has been drawn from an interview with a friend of his father. Mas’ud was a sympathizer of the Mojahedin Khalq Organization. He was a high school student and was a minor at the time of execution. His father, Mohammad Ali Birang Khojastehpur (also spelled Khojastehpour) was a wrestling champion, and winner of the bronze medal in Men’s Freestyle 52 kg wrestling in the 1956 Melbourne Summer Olympics. The latter was a respected sportsman and a friend of Gholam Reza Takhti, a wrestling champion. After his son’s execution, he lost his job and career; he passed away in 2007.

Mr. Mas’ud Birang Khojastehpur was a studious scholar. He was sincere and humble. He refrained from wearing brand name sports jackets that his father brought from foreign countries, so that he would not appear to be flaunting himself.

Arrest and detention

Mr. Birang Khojastehpur was arrested in his father’s house in Tehran in the summer of 1981. He was first taken to the Committee of Tohid Circle in Tehran and then transferred to Evin prison. During his incommunicado detention in Evin, his family did not receive any information from him.

Trial

There is no information regarding this trial.

Charges

The charges brought against the defendant are not known.

Evidence of guilt

No information is available concerning the evidence presented against the accused.

Defense

No information is available concerning Mr. Birang Khojastehpur’s defense.

Judgment

Mr. Mas’ud Birang Khojastehpur was executed three or four days after arrest. No information is available on the verdict leading to his execution. His body and will were not returned to his family. He was buried at Behesht-e Zahra Cemetery. A few other high school students were executed at the same time and buried next to him.

Mr. Mas’ud Birang Khojastehpur’s execution was announced in a newspaper. The source of this information, who was a journalist of the Ettala’at newspaper in 1981, states:

“One day someone from the forensic team made a call to the sports department of the Ettela’at newspaper and said that a youth had been executed, whose father has the same name as the wrestling champion and coach of the national team, Mohammad Ali Khojastehpur. We immediately forwarded the news to his father. The news story was published the same or the following day.”

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