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One Person’s Story

Mas'ud Ayazi


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Non-Believer
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: November 3, 1981
Location: Evin Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: War on God, God's Prophet and the deputy of the Twelfth Imam; Sympathizing with anti-regime guerilla groups; Corruption on earth; Participating in clashes with revolutionary guards and or Bassij brothers; Possession of arms; Living in safe houses; Bombing

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Mas'ud Ayazi, son of Mohammadamin, along with three others, was published in theKeyhan newspapers on November 3, 1981. The Public Relations Department of the Central Revolutionary and Public Prosecutor’s Office issued an announcement about this execution and released it to the media.

Mr. Mas'ud Ayazi is one of the 12,028 individuals listed in an addendum to the Mojahed magazine (No 261), published by the Mojahedin Khalq Organization on September 6, 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 Peykar Organization for the Liberation of the Working Class was founded by a number of dissident members of the Mojahedin Khalq Organization who had converted to Marxism-Leninism. Peykar was also joined by a number of political organizations, known as Khat-e Se (Third line). The founding tenets of Peykar included the rejection of guerrilla struggle and a strong stand against the pro-Soviet policies of the Iranian Tudeh Party. Peykar viewed the Soviet Union as a "Social imperialist" state, believed that China had deviated from the Marxist-Leninist principles, and radically opposed all factions of the Islamic regime of Iran. The brutal repression of dissidents by the Iranian government and splits within Peykar in 1981 and 1982 effectively dismantled the Organization and scattered its supporters. By the mid-1980s, Peykar was no longer in existence.

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of this defendant’s arrest and detention are not known.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


The charges against Mr. Mas'ud Ayazi were announced as, "active participation in the war in Kordestan and cooperation with Komoleh and Democrat parties, direct participation in assassination of Mr. Jamshidi, head of the Komiteh in the region, participation in setting up the organizational houses in Mahabad, committing terrorist actions resulting in the killing of many Revolutionary Guards and army personnel, and possession of weapons and ammunition."

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

The report of this execution does not contain information regarding the evidence provided against the defendant.


No information is available on Mr. Mas'ud Ayazi's defense.


The Central Islamic Revolutionary Court identified Mr. Mas'ud Ayazi as "Baghi, Mofsed, and Mohareb" (Rebel, Corruptor, and Fighter against God and the Prophet) and condemned him to death. The ruling was carried out in the Evin prison yard in Tehran on November 3, 1981. No details are available about this execution.

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