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One Person’s Story

Mansur Firuzi

About

Age: 20
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Islam
Civil Status: Single

Case

Date of Killing: June 15, 1981
Location of Killing: Zahedan Prison, Zahedan, Sistan Va Baluchestan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Unspecified counter-revolutionary offense

About this Case

News of Mr. Mansur Firuzi, son of Musa was sent to the Boroumand Foundation via two electronic forms, by persons familiar with his case. This information has not been confirmed by other sources.  

According to this information, Mr. Firuzi was a two-year program college student in Sari, and was born in 1961-62 in the town of Zabol, Sistan and Baluchestan Province, in a middle class family, and was a supporter of the MKO.   

The Mojahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) was founded in 1965. This organization adapted the principles of Islam as its ideological guideline. However, its members’ interpretation of Islam was revolutionary and they believed in armed struggle against the Shah’s regime. They valued Marxism as a progressive method for economic and social analysis but considered Islam as their source of inspiration, culture, and ideology. In the 1970s, the MKO was weakened when many of its members were imprisoned and executed. In 1975, following a deep ideological crisis, the organization refuted Islam as its ideology and, after a few of its members were killed and other Muslim members purged, the organization proclaimed Marxism as its ideology. This move led to split of the Marxist-Leninist Section of the MKO in 1977. In January of 1979, the imprisoned Muslim leaders of the MKO were released along with other political prisoners. They began to re-organize the MKO and recruit new members based on Islamic ideology. After the 1979 Revolution and the establishment of the Islamic Republic, the MKO accepted the leadership of Ayatollah Khomeini and supported the Revolution. Active participation in the political scene and infiltration of governmental institutions were foremost on the organization’s agenda.  During the first two years after the Revolution, the MKO succeeded in recruiting numerous sympathizers, especially in high schools and universities; but its efforts to gain political power, either by appointment or election, were strongly opposed by the Islamic Republic leaders. * 

Arrest and detention

According to the information contained in the forms, Mr. Firuzi was arrested at his home in the town of Zabol some time in 1980 (or 1981) when universities were closed subsequent to the cultural revolution.  In the course of her sister’s arrest, Mr. Firuzi became angry and insulted Ayatollah Khomeini as well as the agents who had come to arrest his sister.  The agents then took him to Zabol Revolutionary Committee jail.  He was detained at Zabol Revolutionary Committee.  He was deprived of his right to an attorney. 

Trial

No precise information is available on the defendant’s trial.  According to available information, Zahedan Islamic Revolutionary Court issued the decision in Mr. Firuzi’s case.   

Charges

According to information contained in the forms, Mr. Firuzi’s charge is stated to have been “insulting the leader of the Revolution, Ayatollah Khomeini.” 

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 against Mr. Firuzi consisted of the Committee agents’ testimony and the acceptance thereof by Mr. Firuzi. 

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. In the case of political detainees, these confessions are, at times, televised. The National Television broadcasts confessions during which prisoners plead guilty to vague and false charges, repent and renounce their political beliefs, and/or implicate others. Human rights organizations have also pointed to the pattern of retracted confessions by those prisoners who are freed. 

Defense

No information is available on Mr. Firuzi's defense.  

Judgment 

According to the information contained in the forms, Mr. Firuzi was sentenced to death by the Zahedan Court.  The sentence was carried out in April-May 1981 in Zahedan and he was shot by a firing squad. 

Mr. Firuzi was 20 years old. 

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*The exclusion of MKO members from government offices and the closure of their centers and publishing houses, in conjunction with to the Islamic Republic authorities’ different interpretation of Islam, widened the gap between the two. Authorities of the new regime referred to the Mojahedin as “Hypocrites” and the Hezbollahi supporters of the regime attacked the Mojahedin sympathizers regularly during demonstrations and while distributing publications, leading to the death of several MKO supporters. On June 20, 1981, the MKO called for a demonstration protesting their treatment by governmental officials and the government officials’  efforts to impeach their ally, President Abolhassan Banisadr. Despite the fact that the regime called this demonstration illegal, thousands came to the streets, some of whom confronted the Revolutionary Guardsmen and Hezbollahis. The number of casualties that resulted from this demonstration is unknown but a large number of demonstrators were arrested and executed in the following days and weeks. The day after the demonstration, the Islamic Republic regime started a repressive campaign – unprecedented in modern Iranian history. Thousands of MKO members and sympathizers were arrested or executed. On June 21, 1981, the MKO announced an armed struggle against the Islamic Republic and assassinated a number of high-ranking officials and supporters of the Islamic regime.  

In the summer of 1981, the leader of the MKO and the impeached President (Banisadr) fled Iran to reside in France, where they founded the National Council of Resistance. After the MKO leaders and many of its members were expelled fromFrance, they went toIraqand founded the National Liberation Army of Iran in 1987, which entered Iranian territory a few times during the Iran-Iraq war. They were defeated in July 1988 during their last operation, the Forugh JavidanOperation. A few days after this operation, thousands of imprisoned Mojahedin supporters were killed during the mass executions of political prisoners in 1988. Ever since the summer of 1981, the MKO has continued its activities outside of Iran. No information is available regarding members and activities of the MKO inside the country.

In spite of the “armed struggle” announcement by the MKO on June 20, 1981, many sympathizers of the organization had no military training, were not armed, and did not participate in armed conflict.

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