Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

for Human Rights in Iran

Omid, a memorial in defense of human rights in Iran
One Person’s Story

Amir Sa'ed Ne'matollahi


Age: 36
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Non-Believer
Civil Status: Married


Date of Killing: August 5, 1986
Location of Killing: Evin Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Unspecified counter-revolutionary offense

About this Case

The information regarding the execution of Mr. Amir Sa’ed Ne’matollahi, son of Mohammad Mohsen, was sent to the Boroumand Foundation via an electronic form by a person informed about this case. According to this information, Mr. Ne’matollahi was born in Malayer in 1950. He was an electrical engineer, a graduate of Sharif University, and worked at a utility company in Bandar Abbas. He was married and had a ten-month-old son at the time of his arrest. His older brother (Mas’ud Ne’matollahi) was executed two and half years before him in 1984. Mr. Ne’matollahi and his brother were sympathizers of the Iranian Fighting Workers Organization, a faction that had split from the Tufan Organization. The person who sent the electronic form remembers Mr. Ne’matollahi as a kind, honest, and honorable man.

The Marxist-Leninist Organization of Tufan was founded in the late 1960s. De-Stalinization policy of Khoroshev in the Soviet Union led to a political crisis in Iranian communist party Tudeh, as in many communist parties around the world. Three Tudeh leaders i.e. Forutan, Qasemi & Saqa’i left the Party in 1963 to found the “Revolutionary Organization of the Tudeh Party” and then the “Marxist-Leninist Organization of Tufan”. The organization changed its name after the 1979 revolution and first became The Party of workers and farmers of Iran and later on Iran Work Party, Tufan. The Party believed in a one-party system and supported a political system modeled after Albania, which it considered as the only socialist countries. The Organization of Struggling Workers of Iran is a split from Tufan founded by some of the party’s personnel.

Arrest and detention

According to the information sent by the electronic form, Mr. Ne’matollahi was arrested in Bandar Abbas in December of 1982 (three months after the arrest of his brother Mas’ud). After three or four days, he was transferred to Ward 209 of the Evin Prison. He was denied any visitation for three months, but later, he was allowed monthly visitations.


No information is available on Mr. Ne’matollahi’s trial.


The charges against Mr. Ne’matollahi are unknown.

The validity of the criminal charges brought against Mr. Ne’matollahi cannot be ascertained in the absence of the basic guarantees of a fair trial.

Evidence of guilt

The report of this execution did not provide any specific information on the evidence presented against the defendant.


No information is available on Mr. Ne’matollahi’s defense. He was denied the right to an attorney.


According to the information provided by the electronic form, Mr. Ne’matollahi was hanged in the Evin prison on August 5, 1986. His family was not allowed to see him one last time before his execution. After Mr. Ne’matollahi was executed, the authorities contacted his family telling them to call the Prison. When his family called the Prison they were told to go to Evin and collect his clothes. Mr. Ne’matollahi did not leave a will and the location of his grave is not known.

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