Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

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One Person’s Story

Mojtaba Mohseni


Age: 31
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Non-Believer
Civil Status: Married


Date of Killing: December, 1988
Location of Killing: Esfahan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Apostasy; Counter revolutionary opinion and/or speech

About this Case

The information about Mr. Mojtaba Mohseni is based on an interview with his brother. He was born in Arak, an agriculture student at Karaj University, married, and a sympathizer of the Fadaiyan Khalq Organization (Azar 16).

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 Majority considered the Islamic Republic as a revolutionary and anti-imperialist regime and supported it. After the spring of 1983, however, the Islamic Republic targeted its members solely because of their political beliefs. The Keshtgar faction (also known as 16 Azar faction) split from the Majority branch on December 7, 1981, due to its opposition to uniting with the Tudeh Party.

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of Mr. Mojtaba Mohseni’s arrest and detention are not known. He was arrested in Esfehan in 1984. According to the interviewee, his house was surrounded during the night and when he left the house for work in the morning, he was arrested. He was detained at Esfehan prison, and interrogated in Ahvaz and Esfehan. He was denied the right to have an attorney and had some visitations with his family once a month and sometimes every two months.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


No detailed information is available on Mr. Mohseni’s charges. According to the interviewee, his charge was announced as, “membership of the Central Committee of the Fadaiyan Khalq Organization (Azar 16).”

Evidence of guilt

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


No information is available about Mr. Mohseni’s defense.


No specific information is available about the execution sentence. According to the interviewee, Mr. Mojtaba Mohseni was condemned to death, but he was supposed to be released. However, he was executed in Esfehan in December, 1988. His family was only informed of his burial location. It is possible that he was a victim of the mass execution of political prisoners in that year.

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