On 16th of Iranian month Khordad 1329 Ahmad Dehghan was assassinated in his office by a young man called Hassan Jafari whose motive remained a mystery. A. Dehghan was anti-communist newspaper with ties to the Court who had been elected to the parliament from Khalkhal the previous year. The assassin was an oil company employee in Abadan on leave in Tehran. He remained cool throughout his arrest and trial without divulging the reason for his act. Speculation was rife about Tudeh Party involvement and about his coolness when sentenced to death but it all remained a mystery till the publication of Dr. Fereydon Keshavarz Memoires “I Accuse” (the central committee of the Tudeh Party).
Keshavarz while on the run in Moscow relates the story of Iranian police officer also on the run, called Ghobadi who was bitter about Tudeh leaders namely Kianouri, his wife Maryam Firouz and Kambaksh. Ghobadi had finally woken up to the reality of being used by the leaders of Tudeh and their crimes. Ghobadi was so ridden by the guilt of deceiving Jafari to the moment the young assassin was hanged by promising escape so that the young assassin kept silent about Tudeh that he wished nothing but to be returned to Iran to be executed. Ghobadi confirms that Dehghan’s assassin Jafari was a Tudeh operative and Maryam Kianouri instructed him the day after Jafari’s arrest to contact Jafari in prison and instruct the young assassin to divulge nothing while the party arranged for his escape. Kianouri also arranges to place a Tudeh Lawyer to assist Jafari’s defence attorney whose main mission was to keep Jafari’s morals high so that he does not divulge any links to Tudeh. Ghobadi told the other officers that he was making friends with the young assassin to gain his trust. At the same time he told Jafari that he would be sprung on the day of his execution and Tudeh members would be attending his execution to create a diversion while Tudeh policemen would arrange his escape to a safe house. The deception went on till the moment the hangman placed the noose around Jafari’s neck. Ghobadi was haunted by the memory of that final look and how the terror of reality caught up with the young man.
As Keshavarz admits in his memoires no matter who Dehghan was or how corrupt he was, there was no justification for what the centrat committee was up to.
Ghobadi’s request was finally granted by the Tudeh leadership and the Soviets. He was returned to the Iranian border. During his interrogation he repeatedly said that he was a communist, did not believe in god and wished to be executed. He requested to see his sister but his sister declined to meet him. He was tried by a military court and sentenced to death. He did not appeal the verdict or the sentence and was executed.
There are volumes of books written by the Tudeh sympathisers in the West propagating some romantic myth about these people who were nothing but traitors. It is time to challange and expose their lies.