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One Person’s Story

Tahereh Ostad Ali Me'mar


Age: 18
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Islam
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: September 22, 1981
Location of Killing: Evin Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Corruption on earth; Actively opposing the Islamic Republic; Living in safe houses; Membership of anti-regime guerilla group; Participating in armed demonstrations; Possession of arms; War on God

About this Case

The news of Ms. Tahereh Ostad Ali Me’mar’s execution, and 22 others was released in a communiqué of the Public Relations' office of the Islamic Republic’s Public Prosecutor’s Central Office. The communiqué was published in the Kayhan daily on September 23, 1981.

Additional information was drawn from electronic forms sent to Omid by a person familiar with her case.

Furthermore, Ms. Ostad Ali Me’mar is one of the 1,533 executed prisoners listed by the Association of Iranian Women of Köln (Germany). The list published in 1997 is entitled: “A Partial List of Women Executed by the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

This execution was also reported in an addendum to the Mojahed magazine (No 261), published by MKO in 1985. The list includes 12,028 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.

Ms. Ostad Ali Me’mar was a member of the MKO. According to the form, she had joined MKO at 16 and was arrested twice before her last arrest for distributing pamphlets for the Organization.

Arrest and detention

Based on the available information, Ms. Ostad Ali Me’mar was arrested and detained at Evin Prison in Tehran two days before her execution. While in detention, she was reportedly asked to publicly confess, repenting her past and renouncing her political ideology, but she refused.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial. The Kayhan daily mentions that Ms. Ostad Ali Me’mar was tried by the Central Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal.


The charges against Ms. Ostad Ali Me’mar were announced by the Islamic Republic’s Public Prosecutor’s Central Office and published by theKayhan daily as follows: “Being a member of the American hypocrites’ organization (a name commonly used for the MKO by the Islamic government), being present in MKO team houses, being a member of the armed wing of the MKO, participating in the operational teams of the MKO, and possessing a Molotov cocktail.” The communiqué writes:

"Now, thanks to the victory of the Islamic revolution, the world's infidels and apostates are about to be uprooted and the oppressed are free from the bonds of the oppressors. With the relentless effort of committed Muslims, the world has been shown the real meaning of Islam and our Revolution. Under these circumstances, some criminals wanted to stop the expansion of the revolution and began to sew the seeds of discord trying to harm the cohesion of the ever-present Umma and overthrow the Islamic Republic's regime. But, they are unaware that our Umma has stood up to these devastations and is now completely determined to destroy all corruptors."

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

Based on the information sent through electronic form, the family has no knowledge of the evidence provided against the defendant.


According to the form, the charges of possession of Molotov cocktails were false and the authorities trumped up the other charges against the defendant in order to get a conviction.


Ms. Ostad ‘Ali Me’mar was declared a “corruptor on earth” and an “enemy of God” and was sentenced to death. She was executed in the evening of September 22, 1981 at Evin Prison.

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