Akbar Haghighi

Born: 24 September 1939, Ivughli of Khoy, Western Azerbaijan

Attacked and died of injuries in hospital in Khoy, Western Azerbaijan, on 19th December 1983


Akbar Ḥaghighi was a farmer and owned a large farm in the village.  He was a member of the Local Spiritual Assembly[1] of the Baha’is of Ivoghli for many years.

In the summer of 1982, along with his 8 years old son while harvesting their crop a notorious man from Khoy brought a herd of sheep onto Akbar’s property for grazing.  He asked the man to leave as the sheep were destroying his crop.  An argument ensued, and the man struck Akbar on the head with a walking stick.  A few people then gathered and joined in beating him with sticks and stones until he fell unconscious.  His neighbours rushed him to a hospital in Khoy and eventually to Ṭabriz. Akbar passed away on 19 September 1983. The crime was reported to the police and the accused was arrested.  The Public Prosecutors Office in Urmia conducted an inquiry; no witnesses came forward while the testimony of the eight-year-old son was rejected. The accused was released after eight months of imprisonment and was warmly received by the inhabitants of the village.  A few months later, Akbar’s farm was confiscated from his family as his family refused to recant their Faith.


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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.