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One Person’s Story

Mahmud Zakipur


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Non-Believer


Date of Killing: December, 1987
Location of Killing: Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Fatal
Charges: Unknown charge

About this Case

The information about Mr. Mahmud Zakipur has been drawn from an interview with another victim’s wife, as well as from the Fadaiyan Khalq Organization’s website.

Mr. Zakipur was born in Abadan (in the Province of Khuzestan) in 1946. He was married and had a daughter. He started his political activism in the 1970’s when he was a student at Tehran University. He was arrested in 1972 and imprisoned. He was released along with other political prisoners in 1978. He was affiliated with the Fadaiyan Khalq Organization and joined the Majority branch when the organization split.

The Fadaiyan Khalq Organization, a Marxist Leninist group, inspired by the Cuban Revolution and the urban guerilla movements of Latin America, was founded in 1971 by two communist groups opposed to the Pahlavi regime. After the 1979 Revolution, the organization, which renounced armed struggle, split over their support of the Islamic Republic and of the Soviet Union. The Fadaiyan Khalq Majority supported and considered the Islamic Republic a revolutionary and anti-imperialist regime. After the spring of 1983, however, the Islamic Republic targeted its members solely because of their political beliefs.

Arrest and detention

Mr. Zakipur was arrested in 1983. No other information is available about his arrest or imprisonment.


There is no information regarding this trial.


The charges brought against the defendant are not known.

Evidence of guilt

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


No information is available concerning Mr. Sakipur’s defense.


Mr. Zakipur was executed in Tehran in December 1987. He is buried at the Khavaran Cemetery.

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