Mostafa Tajzadeh

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Mostafa Tajzadeh
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Minister of Interior
In office
21 June 1998 – 22 July 1998
PresidentMohammad Khatami
Preceded byAbdollah Nouri
Succeeded byAbdolvahed Mousavi Lari
Advisor to the President of Iran
In office
21 November 2004 – 3 August 2005
PresidentMohammad Khatami
Personal details
Seyyed Mostafa Tajzadeh

(1956-11-22) 22 November 1956 (age 62)
Tehran, Iran
Political partyIslamic Iran Participation Front (since 1998)
Mojahedin of the Islamic Revolution of Iran Organization (since 1991)
Other political
Mojahedin of the Islamic Revolution Organization (1980s)
Alma materUniversity of Tehran
College of the Siskiyous

Seyyed Mostafa Tajzadeh (Persian: سید مصطفی تاج‌زاده‎) is an Iranian reformist politician and a senior member of Islamic Iran Participation Front, as well as Mojahedin of the Islamic Revolution of Iran Organization.[1]

He was imprisoned at Evin Prison from 2009 until 2016.

Tajzadeh was briefly Acting Minister of Interior under administration of President Mohammad Khatami after impeachment of Abdollah Nouri, advisor to President Mohammad Khatami in his last two years of administration, a deputy at Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Culture.[1]

He is also a member of Association of Iranian Journalists.

Political career[edit]

In 1975, Tajzadeh went to the United States to study and became a member of Muslim Students Association, active against Shah of Iran. With the start of the Iranian Revolution in 1978, he left university and returned to Iran.[1]

Tajzadeh served as the Political deput of the Ministry of Interior of Iran in the government of Mohammad Khatami, and under the Minister Abdollah Noori, since 1997, after being introduced to Noori by Gholamhossein Karbaschi and Mohammad Atrianfar. The first Iranian elections for the City and Village Councils of Iran happened under Tajzadeh. Later, he became an Adviser to the President of Iran, Mohammad Khatami, from November 21, 2004 until the presidency of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.[1]

He started working in the Islamic Republic government as an employee of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance in May 1982. He went up to become a vice minister when Mohammad Khatami was the Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance. He left the ministry after a while, and worked for the newspaper Hamshahri until 1997.[1]

Tajzadeh was one of seven leading reformists who filed a lawsuit against several commanders of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) for their alleged intervention in Iran’s rigged presidential elections.[2]

Government work ban[edit]

In March 2001, while he was Political deputy at Ministry of Interior faced with charges of election fraud at Iranian legislative election, 2000 after a clash with Guardian Council. He was barred from all government employment for three years, but did not appeal the verdict.[1]

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Amnesty International reported that he was arrested in June 2009, amidst the 2009 Iranian election protests.[3] He was convicted of "assembly and collusion against national security" and "propaganda against the regime", sentenced to 6 years in prison and a 10-year ban on political and press activities by Branch 15 of the Tehran Islamic Revolutionary Court. He was imprisoned in Evin Prison from 2009 until 2016. In 2014, while still in prison, he faced new charges and was convicted of another 1 year in prison.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Tajzadeh is a Ph.D. student in political science at University of Tehran and has two daughters. His wife is Fakhrossadat Mohtashamipour, the niece of cleric Ali Akbar Mohtashami-Pur. He has also lived in the United States for 31 months.[1]

During an interview with Iranian Documentarist Mr. Hossein DEHBASHI, Mr. Tajzadeh acknowledged that he was not a good student during the last years of high school in Iran and received his high school diploma with difficulty but chose to continue his academic studies in the USA in mid '70's since, according to Mr. Tajzadeh, "American universities and colleges were easy to enroll in". Mr. Tajzadeh, during the same interview with Mr. Dehbashi, stated: "I enrolled at Siskiyous College between Houston and Dallas [in Texas] just to have my [US issued] Student's Visa renewed but I let it go after a while". In fact, Mr. Tajzadeh acknowledges that he did not study in the USA at all."But [there in Texas] we established "Falagh" Group since we believed in armed resistance and fighting against the Shah's Regime. "I went back to Iran then but my other friends like Mr. Khosravi, Mr. Baezi and some others left [USA] directly for Syria and Lebanon to be trained"; continued Mr. Tajzadeh.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Patriots and Reformists: Behzad Nabavi and Mostafa Tajzadeh". Tehran Bureau. August 11, 2009. Retrieved February 20, 2015.
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  3. ^ "Opposition Leaders Detained in Iran". Amnesty International. June 19, 2009.
  4. ^ "Mostafa Tajzadeh Faces New Charges in Prison". International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. October 17, 2013.

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Government offices
Preceded by
Abdollah Nouri
Acting Minister of Interior
21 June 1998 – 22 July 1998
Succeeded by
Abdolvahed Mousavi Lari
Preceded by
Ali Tabesh
Vice Minister of Interior for Political Affairs
29 August 1997 – 2 May 2001
Succeeded by
Morteza Moballegh
Head of Country's Election Headquarters
Iranian Assembly of Experts election, 1998
Iranian local elections, 1999
Iranian legislative election, 2000
Unknown Vice Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance for International Affairs