Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

for Human Rights in Iran

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

Behruz Jahandar Malekabadi


Age: 30
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Non-Believer
Civil Status: Married


Date of Killing: February 17, 1982
Location of Killing: Evin Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Death in custody
Charges: Unknown charge

About this Case

The information about Mr. Behruz Jahandar Malekabadi is taken from an interview with one of his friends and the book From an Ebullient Ideal published by the Sympathizers of the Peykar Organization in September of 1985. Also a person close to him sent some information to Omid. His wife, Nasrin Izadi Vahedi, was also executed by firing squad in 1981. They had a ten month old daughter. He is also is 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. Jahandar Malekabadi was born in Esfahan, was an economics student in Tehran University, and an active member of the Peykar Organization. In 1975, he joined the Marxist-Leninist fraction of the Mojahedin Organization and began his underground political activities. In the fall of 1977 (under the previous regime), he was surrounded by police and started armed resistance (which lasted for two hours) along with one of his comrades. Though he was shot in his left hand, he was able to escape and go to a safe house.

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 details of his arrest and detention are not known. According to the received form, police surrounded his house on December 29, 1981. The police arrested him along with his wife and their ten month old baby. They were taken to Evin prison. The child was taken back to the family two days later. According to the available information, Mr. Behruz Jahandar Malekabadi was severely tortured. During his detention period, his family were not able to visit him or receive any information about him.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


No information is available on Mr. Behruz Jahandar Malekabadi’s charges.

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 about his defense.


According to the book From an Ebullient Ideal, Mr. Behruz Jahandar Malekabadi died under torture on February 17, 1982 at Evin. According to the interviewee, they did not return his body to his family. According to the received form, the family received the news of his death through an distasteful phone call from the officials. They did not even disclose his burial location to his family. Later on, through another source, the family found out that he was buried in the Khavaran cemetery.

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