Ahmad Esmaili

Born: 1907, Faghih Hasanan, Bushehr

Allegedly murdered in Faghih Hasanan, Bushehr on 15 August 1979


Ahmad Esmaili was a member of the Local Spiritual Assembly[1] of Faghih-Hasanan. On 8 October 1978, at the commencement of the Islamic Revolution, a mob attacked the homes of the Baha’is in his village.  They looted and set his home and warehouse on fire.  They then forced him to leave his village, but he refused to do so.  After much insistence from his children he was persuaded to leave.  He spent a few months in Khorramshahr and Borazjan before returning to Faghih-Hasanan. 

Following Ahmad Esmaili’s return to Faghih-Hasanan there was no news of him.  After ten days, his son-in-law travelled there to investigate his disappearance.  It was rumoured that he had been kept captive for a short time and then killed, and that his body was dismembered and buried.  His family was never able to discover the location of his resting place.


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[1] Local Spiritual Assembly: a nine-member administrative body elected annually by the Baha’is of a particular area, tasked with overseeing the affairs of the Baha’i community of that area.