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One Person’s Story

Maqsud Fathi


Age: 29
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Non-Believer
Civil Status: Married


Date of Killing: August 19, 1984
Location: Evin Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Unknown charge

About this Case

The information about Mr. Maqsud Fathi has been gathered from his brother’s letter to him, published on Asr-e Nou website (August 19, 2009), on the 25th anniversary of his execution. Mr. Fathi is also one of the 12028 individuals listed in an addendum to the Mojahed magazine (No 261), published by 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. Additional information about him is taken from the book Our Martyrs for Freedom and Socialism by Rah-e Kargar publication.

Mr. Fathi was born in a village around Tabriz. He went to high school in Orumieh. He was a sociology graduate from Tehran University. He worked with the Fadaiyan Khalq Organization starting in 1975. In 1979, he joined the Rah-e Kargar Organization and played a role in the publication of Rah-e Kargar magazine.

Mr. Fathi’s brother writes about him, “Your presence made me feel safe and happy… You laughed little, but you spoke even less. But you spoke kindly, kinder than all the world’s smiles.”

“Rah-e Kargar” or the “Revolutionary Workers Organization of Iran” was established in the summer of 1979. The Organization was founded by individuals from various leftist groups who had rejected the idea of armed struggle and believed in political action. They introduced themselves as Marxist-Leninists, promoting a socialist revolution and the leadership of the proletariat. They differed with the pro-Soviet communist party, Tudeh, in that they opposed the Islamic Republic and Ayatollah Khomeini's leadership.

Arrest and detention

Mr. Fathi was arrested along with his wife on May 19, 1983. He was transferred to Evin prison. No information is available about his possible visitation with his family.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


No information is available on Mr. Fathi’s charges.

Evidence of guilt

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


No information is available about the defense.


No specific information is available about the defendant’s execution verdict. According to available information, Mr. Fathi was called his father on the phone the day of the execution or one day before, saying goodbye and asking his father to take care of his mother and daughter. Mr. Fathi was executed by firing squad in Evin prison on August 19, 1984.

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