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One Person’s Story

Mohammad Ali Kiani


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Islam
Civil Status: Married


Date of Killing: October 3, 1981
Location of Killing: Sanandaj, Kordestan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Unspecified counter-revolutionary offense

About this Case

News of execution of Mr. Mohammad Ali Kiani has sent to Abdorrahman Boroumand Center by a person who knew him. He is also 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.

Mr. Kiani was born in Sanandaj in 1952. He was the only son of the family. He was married and had a small kid. He was a Peshmarga and worked with the Komala Party for about 5 months. While working with the Komala, he moved and lived with his mother in Tehran. He used to frequently travel to Sanandaj to visit his family. 


Several remaining members of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran established the Revolutionary Organization of this party in Iraq in the mid 1960s. Esma’il Sharifzadeh, Abdollah Mo’ini, and Molaavareh were among the leaders of this organization who, inspired by the Cuban Revolution, began an armed guerrilla struggle in Kurdistan. When this group was defeated in 1969 and several of its members were arrested, armed struggle was criticized and the Maoist trend overcomes. When some of its leaders were released in 1978, the Revolutionary Organization of Working People in Kurdistan – Komala was established. Based on Marxist theory, Komala was against the capitalists and landlords and encouraged workers and peasants in Kurdistan to an armed uprising against them and the central government. This organization considered the Kurdish Democratic Party of Iran (PDKI) as the rich party and campaigned against it, resulting in several armed conflicts and hundreds dead. In 1982, Komala joined another Marxist group, Sahand, which was basically a theoretical group, and established the Communist Party of Iran. Then it became called the Kurdistan Organization of the Communist Party of Iran – Komala. Years later, this organization separated from the Communist Party of Iran and faced several schisms. The Komala Party of Iranian Kurdistan, led by Abdollah Mohtadi, Komala, and the Kurdistan Organization of the Communist Party of Iran led by Ebrahim Alizadeh are some of these factions.   

Arrest and detention

Mr. Kiani’s was arresed in Sanandaj on November 06, 1980 while he was visitng his family. Mr. Kiani was in prison for 11 months. 


Islamic Revolutionary Court of Sanandaj tried Mr. Kiani. There are no detailed infromation available on his trial. According to the person who knew him, he was only asked about 4-5 questions in the court.


The charge brought against Mr. Kiani is not known. 

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. Kiani’s defense.


Islanic Revolutionary Court of Sanandaj sentenced Mr. Mohammad Ali Kiani to death and he was executed and he was executed by firing squad in the yard of the court on October 03, 1981.

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