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One Person’s Story

Mehrdad Fada'i


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Islam
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: December 29, 1981
Location of Killing: Masjed Soleyman, Khuzestan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Fatal
Charges: Unspecified counter-revolutionary offense; Actively opposing the Islamic Republic; Printing/distributing leaflets

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Mehrdad Fada’i, son of Abdollah, along with 20 other individuals, was announced in a communiqué of the Public Relations department of the Central Islamic Revolutionary Prosecutor’s Office and published in the Jomhuri Eslami newspaper on December 30, 1981. Mr. Fada’i is one of the 12028 individuals listed in an addendum to the Mojahed magazine (No 261), published by Mojahedin Khalq Organization in 1985. The list includes individuals, affiliated with various opposition groups, who were executed or killed during clashes with the Islamic Republic security forces from June 1981 to the publication date of the magazine.

The 21 executed individuals were sympathizers or members of the Mojahedin Khalq Organization. The communiqué of the Prosecutor’s Office begins with this verse of the Koran: “Verily, the hypocrites shall be in the lowest depth of the fire” [4: 145].

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of Mr. Fada’i’s arrest and detention are not known.


There is no information regarding this trial.


The personal charge brought against Mr. Fada’i is not known. He and 2 other individuals were collectively charged with: “participation in armed groups after the declaration of armed struggle by the Organization of Hypocrites [the Mojahedin Khalq Organization], throwing Molotov Cocktails, participation in demonstration and causing clashes with the Muslim people, battery of Muslim brothers and causing injuries, being in contact with other cells of the Organization, deluding the minds of the youth, and printing and distribution of illegal publications.”

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

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


No information is available concerning Mr. Fada’i’s defense.


Mr. Mehrdad Fada’i was condemned to death. He and 2 other individuals were executed on December 29, 1981 in Masjed-e Soleyman (Khuzestan province). He was 17 at the time of execution.

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