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One Person’s Story

Mohammad Reza Sepehrinejad


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Non-Believer
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: March 15, 1983
Location of Killing: Rasht Prison (Lakan), Rasht, Gilan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Death in custody

About this Case

According to a report by a survivor of the incident published by the Bidaran website, a fire broke out in the Rasht Prison on March 15, 1983 during the annual celebration of Charshanbehsuri. This place had been a club for navy officers during the previous regime and was confiscated by the Revolutionary Guards and transformed to a prison. It consisted of three rooms and a hallway with access to the Guards' room and the prayer room. At the time of the incident, about 57 prisoners were detained in this location. According to eyewitnesses, the Guards who were in the yard did not open the doors during the fire to prevent the possibility of any escape. They threatened to shoot the prisoners if they entered the yard. As a result of this irresponsibility by Guards and prison officials, seven prisoners died and several others were injured. According to the Peykar Andeesheh website, Mr. Mohammad Reza Sepehrinejad, a sympathizer of the Peykar Organization, was among the dead.

Mr. Mohammad Reza Sepehrinejad is one of the 430 individuals whose names appear on the list of “Martyrs of the Peykar Organization for the Liberation of the Working Class” published on the website of Peykar Andeesheh. This list contains the names of those members of the organization who died after the revolution of 1979. More than 400 of the individuals on this list have been executed. According to this report, Mr. Mohammad Reza Sepehrinejad was a student and a member of the national boxing team.

The Peykar Organization for the Liberation of the Working Class was founded by a number of dissident members of the Mojahedin Khalq Organization who had converted to Marxism-Leninism. Peykar was also joined by a number of political organizations, known as Khat-e Se (Third line). The founding tenets of Peykar included the rejection of guerrilla struggle and a strong stand against the pro-Soviet policies of the Iranian Tudeh Party. Peykar viewed the Soviet Union as a "Social imperialist" state, believed that China had deviated from the Marxist-Leninist principles, and radically opposed all factions of the Islamic regime of Iran. The brutal repression of dissidents by the Iranian government and splits within Peykar in 1981 and 1982 effectively dismantled the Organization and scattered its supporters. By the mid-1980s, Peykar was no longer in existence.

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of this defendant’s arrest and detention are not known.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


No information is available on Mohammad Reza Sepehrinejad’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 on Mr. Mohammad Reza Sepehrinejad's defense.


According to a report by a survivor of the incident published by the Bidaran website, Mr. Mohammad Reza Sepehrinejad was killed during the fire in Rasht prison on March 15, 1983.

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