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One Person’s Story

Mansur Eskandari-Torbeqan

About

Age: 33
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Non-Believer
Civil Status: Married

Case

Date of Killing: October - November, 1983
Location: Evin Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Unspecified counter-revolutionary offense

About this Case

Information about Mr. Mansur Eskandari-Torbeqan, son of Hossein, was sent to the Boroumand Foundation by a person familiar with his case, via an electronic form. He was born on September 24, 1950, in Torbeqan (in today’s Khorasan Razavi province). He was married, with a child, a student of medicine, and a high ranking member of the Fadaiyan Khalq Organization – Minority.   

Additional information regarding Mr. Eskandari-Torbeqan is taken from the list, “In Memory of Unknown Fadai Victims,” published on the website of the Fadaiyan Khalq Minority Organization and, also, in the publication “Payam Fadai,” number 100, published by the Fadaiyan Khalq Guerilla Organization in 2007.   

The Fadaiyan Khalq Organization, a Marxist-Leninist group inspired by the Cuban Revolution and the urban guerilla movements of Latin America, was founded in 1971 by two communist groups opposed to the Pahlavi regime. Following the 1979 revolution, the organization, which had renounced armed struggle, split over their support of the Islamic Republic and of the Soviet Union. The Fadaiyan Khalq Minority opposed the Islamic Republic and was active mainly in the political arena and the labor movement.

Arrest and Detention

Mr. Eskandari-Torbeqan was arrested by Revolutionary Guards in Tehran, in December of 1981, around noon. According to information sent to Omid, the reason for his arrest had been announced as, “cooperation with the Fadaiyan Khalq Minority Organization and helping the poor.” According to the existing information, Mr. Eskandari-Torbeqan was tortured severely at Evin Prison. In an interview with the Payam Fadai publication, one of his cellmates, Mahmud Khalili, said:

“In order to offer an example in this regard, I have to talk about the zealous comrade, Mansur Eskandari (Dr. Mehran) whom I had seen at the Section 209 [of the Evin prison]. The torturer had beaten him with a shovel handle in a way to break it in half. Worse, he had shoved and twisted the broken tip in his back. This act and the remains of wood chips in his body caused infection and a disgusting wound and each day they had to pick wood chips from his bloody infectious wound.” Mr. Khalili continued, “Mansur Eskandari (Dr. Mehran) was a prisoner identified by Lajvardi himself and according to many prisoners, Lajvardi [The Head of Evin prison and the Public Prosecutor of Tehran] participated in his torture and interrogation.”

Trial

No information is available on Mr. Eskandari-Torbeqan’s trial. According to the information sent to Omid, his trial took place in Tehran.

Charges

The charges brought against Mr. Eskandari-Torbeqan are not known. According to the information sent, he was charged for cooperation with the Fadaiyan Khalq Minority Organization.

Evidence of Guilt

The report of this execution does not contain information regarding the evidence provided against Mr. Eskandari-Torbeqan.

Defense

No information is available on Mr. Eskandari-Torbeqan’s defense.

Judgment

According to the existing reports, Mr. Eskandari-Torbeqan was executed by a firing squad at Evin Prison, in Tehran, in November of 1983. His burial location is unknown.

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