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One Person’s Story

Mohammad Shafi' Vali


Age: 32
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Non-Believer
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: 1981
Location of Killing: Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting

About this Case

The information about Mr. Mohammad Shafi’ Vali is taken from the book Our Martyrs for Freedom and Socialism by Rah-e Kargar Publications. He was an Air Force technician. Before the revolution, he was affiliated with the Fadaiyan Khalq Organization; but he disengaged from the Organization in 1976. He was one of the main organizers of the revolt against the Royal Guards on February 10, 1979 (the night that the monarchy fell). After the revolution, he joined the Revolutionary Workers Organization of Iran, Rah-e Kargar. He and another Air Force technician, Hassan Tabataba’i, (who was executed along with him) published the United Responsible Army Personnel Publication.

"Rah-e Kargar" or the "Revolutionary Workers Organization of Iran" was established in the summer of 1979. The Organization was founded by individuals from various leftist groups who rejected the idea of armed struggle and believed in political action. They identified themselves as Marxist-Leninists, promoting a socialist revolution and the leadership of the proletariat. They differed with the pro-Soviet communist party, Tudeh, in that they opposed the Islamic Republic and Ayatollah Khomeini's leadership.

Arrest and detention

Mr. Mohammad Shafi’ Vali was arrested on the street, along with another Air Force technician, Hassan Tabataba’i, in September 1981.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


No information is available on Mr. Mohammad Shafi’ Vali’s charges. According to the above source, when arrested, he was carrying packages of the Organization’s publications.

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 evidence brought against him may be packages of the Organization’s publications that he was carrying at the time of arrest.


No information is available about his defense.


According to the above source, without disclosing his full name, Mr. Mohammad Shafi’ Vali was executed by a firing squad in 1981.

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