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One Person’s Story

Seyed Abolfazl Tabataba'i


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Islam
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: December 29, 1981
Location of Killing: Yazd, Yazd Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Fatal
Charges: Plotting to overthrow the Islamic Republic; Unspecified counter-revolutionary offense; Attempt to assassinate or assassination of state dignitaries; Membership of anti-regime guerilla group; Possession of arms

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Seyed Abolfazl Tabataba’i, son of Seyed Mohammad, 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. 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. Tabataba’i’s arrest and detention are not known.


There is no information regarding this trial, other than it took place at the Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Yazd.


The personal charge brought against Mr. Tabataba’i is not known. He and 5 other individuals were collectively charged with: “membership in the military section of the Hypocrites [Mojahedin Khalq Organization] and being in charge of its so-called resistant council in Ardekan [Yazd province], possession of arms, Molotov Cocktails, and grenades in order to fight the regime of the Islamic Revolution and plotting to overthrow the regime, participation in causing fire, participation in an attempt to assassinate a Muslim brother, believing in overthrowing Islamic governance, and collecting monetary aid for the aforementioned Organization.”

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. Tabataba’i’s defense.


The Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Yazd called Mr. Seyed Abolfazl Tabataba’i a “corruptor on earth, at war with God and the honorable Prophet, and a rebel” and condemned him to death. He and 5 other codefendants were executed on December 29, 1981 in Yazd.

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