Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

for Human Rights in Iran

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

Mas'ud Ne'matollahi


Age: 37
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Non-Believer
Civil Status: Married


Date of Killing: January 24, 1984
Location of Killing: Evin Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Unspecified counter-revolutionary offense

About this Case

The information regarding the execution of Mr. Mas’ud Ne’matollahi, son of Mohammad Mohsen, was sent to the Boroumand Foundation via an electronic form by a person informed about this case. According to this information, he was born in Malayer in 1946. He was an agricultural engineer and worked in the Agricultural Organization in Tehran. Mr. Ne’matollahi was married and at the time of his execution had a two-year-old son and a five-year-old daughter. The person who sent the electronic form remembers Mr. Ne’matollahi as an honorable, honest, and a kind man with a beautiful soul. Mr. Ne’matollahi’s younger brother (Amir Sa’ed Ne’matollahi) was executed two and half years later in 1986. Mr. Ne’matollahi and his brother were sympathizers of the Iranian Fighting Workers Organization, a faction that had split from the Tufan Organization.

Mr. Ne’matollahi is one of the 12,028 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.

The Marxist-Leninist Organization of Tufan was founded in the late 1960s. De-Stalinization policy of Khoroshev in the Soviet Union led to a political crisis in Iranian communist party Tudeh, as in many communist parties around the world. Three Tudeh leaders i.e. Forutan, Qasemi & Saqa’i left the Party in 1963 to found the “Revolutionary Organization of the Tudeh Party” and then the “Marxist-Leninist Organization of Tufan”. The organization changed its name after the 1979 revolution and first became The Party of workers and farmers of Iran and later on Iran Work Party, Tufan. The Party believed in a one-party system and supported a political system modeled after Albania, which it considered as the only socialist countries. The Organization of Struggling Workers of Iran is a split from Tufan founded by some of the party’s personnel.

Arrest and detention

According to the information sent by the electronic form, Mr. Ne’matollahi was arrested at the Laleh Park in Tehran in August of 1982. Three months after his arrest, his younger brother Amir Sa’ed was arrested in Bandar Abbas. Mr. Ne’matollahi was denied any visitation with his family for six months and only once was allowed to write a letter informing his family of his whereabouts. After that six-month, he was allowed 20-minue monthly visitation behind a glass screen through a phone.


No information is available on Mr. Ne’matollahi’s trial.


The charges against Mr. Ne’matollahi are unknown.

The validity of the criminal charges brought against Mr. Ne’matollahi cannot be ascertained in the absence of the basic guarantees of a fair trial.

Evidence of guilt

The report of this execution did not provide any specific information on the evidence presented against Mr. Ne’matollahi.


No information is available on Mr. Ne’matollahi’s defense. He was denied the right to an attorney.


According to the information provided in the electronic form, Mr. Ne’matollahi was executed by a firing squad in the Evin prison on January 24, 1984. Authorities informed his family eight days later on February 1, 1984 at mid night with a phone call telling them to go to the Evin Prison to pick up Mr. Ne’matollahi’s clothes and will.

Based on the addendum to the Mojahed magazine, Mr. Ne’matollahi was killed under torture.

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