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One Person’s Story

Nasrin Mohammadpur Dehkordi

About

Age: 22
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Non-Believer
Civil Status: Single

Case

Date of Killing: December 20, 1981
Location of Killing: Evin Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Unspecified counter-revolutionary offense
Age at time of offense: 22

About this Case

Evin officials tortured her so badly her feet swelled like cushions. Yet she did not confess one word – even her real name

News of the execution of Ms. Nasrin Mohammadpur Dehkordi, daughter of Alimorad, has been taken from two electronic forms submitted by way of the ABF website (May 8, 2014 and May 10, 2017) as well as from an interview conducted with a person close to Dekhordi (July 12, 2014). Friends of Dekhordi have confirmed news of her execution in their own writings, as well (Mina Zarin, March 17, 2014). Her name also appears on lists of killed Fadaiyan members (Fedaiyan list, 1971-2012). In prison, Dekhordi used the name "Nahid Mohammadi“ – the name under which she was also executed.

According to the existing information, Dehkordi was born in Shahr-e Kord, Chahar Mahal and Bakhtiari province, in 1959. She was single and a student at Tehran’s National University majoring in economics. She began her political activism in 1977, joining the Fadaiyan Khalq Organization (Minority). Prior to her arrest, Dekhordi was active in the organization’s labor division. According to an individual formerly imprisoned in the same ward as Dekhordi, she was a beautiful, cheerful, witty person with a fine sense of humor and striking eyes.

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. In 1981, the organization, which had opted for open political and electoral activity after the revolution, split over the critique of the concept of urban guerilla warfare and the support of the Islamic Republic and of the Soviet Union. The Fadaiyan Khalq Minority opposed the Islamic Republic, and though it did not abandon the theory of armed struggle, its activities were mainly limited to the political arena and the labor movement. Following the Mojahedin Khalq Organization’s June 21st declaration of armed struggle, the Fadaiyan announced the organization of combatant cells. However, based on available information, these cells did not become operational. Many of the groups’ members and supporters were arrested and executed in the early 1980’s.

Arrest and detention

Ms. Mohammadpur Dehkordi was arrested along with a comrade while leaving Tehran for Karaj on November 30, 1981. One of her comrades called and informed her family of her arrest (electronic form). She was detained at Evin Prison for 20 days and interrogated and tortured at Evin’s sixth prosecutorial branch (publication of the Fadaiyan Khalq Organization – Minority). She spent one to two days in the ward alongside other prisoners. She was tortured severely with a cable: interrogators beat her feet so badly that they swelled up like pillows (Mina Zarin). Despite the severe torture, Dehkordi kept up good spirits. She gave the interrogators no information, including her real name. During her attention, she was denied meetings with family. Her mother travelled every day to Evin, but was not able to see her child; she was also harassed and intimidated by prison officialls repeatedly.

Trial

No information is available on Ms. Mohammadpur Dehkordi’s trial. According to a cellmate, she was not tried. Dehkordi was denied access to a lawyer.

Charges

No information is available on Ms. Mohammadpur Dehkordi’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 did not provide any specific information on the evidence presented against Ms. Mohammadpur Dehkordi.

International human rights organizations have repeatedly condemned the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran for its systematic use of severe torture and solitary confinement to obtain confessions from detainees and have questioned the authenticity of confessions obtained under duress.

Defense

The stages of Dekhordi’s detention and interrogation took only 20 days. During this time, she defended her organization’s positions (publication of the Fadaiyan Khalq Organization – Minority). No precise information is available regarding her legal defense, however.

Judgment

Ms. Nasrin Mohammadpur Dehkordi was killed by firing squad in Evin Prison along with one other person on December 21, 1980.

Her cellmate recalled: “She was in excellent spirits. She would laugh and lift our morale in spite of daily torture so bad that she could not put her injured feet on the ground. Her laughter was unforgettable, and I won’t forget the moment she was taken to be executed. She held her head up, tidied her hair, put on her blue suit and skirt, and tried hard to stand up straigt. In the hallway she cried out: ‘Execute us, but you cannot change history‘ .

“Don’t be sad… Cherish the beautiful things in life” Dekhordi wrote her parents the day of her execution.

Another of Dehkordi’s fellow prisoners reports that “One rainy spring afternoon, Nahid Mohammadi (the name Dekhordi used in prison) and another wardmate by the name of Sima Daryani were called out of the old clinic ward. They both knew they were to be put to death. It took about any hour for them to be taken away – which isn’t a thing that usually happens with those condemned to die. There was no hesitation to be seen in how they conducted themselves. In the very last moments, the person going with her, Daryani, was looking for a pair of tweezers. Her reasoning was that ‘I want to look good when I go to be executed.’ Many of Dekhordi’s wardmates didn’t know her since her time in the ward was so short – perhaps one of two days. The moment she left, though, they all realized they were taking her off to be executed. She said her goodbyes smiling, and wore the same neat jacket and dress.”

Dehkordi’s will was given to her mother on December 21, 1980. Dehkordi had signed it with the assumed name “Nahid Mohammadi,” and wrote with reference to her own beliefs: “I want to tell my family: Don’t be sad. Your child thanks you for her upbringing. Life is beautiful. Cherish the beautiful things in life. Others shall see in our place.“ – Evin Prison, December 20, 1980).

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