Bahman Atefi

Born: 31 August 1947, Afus, Isfahan

Executed in Daran, Isfahan on 11th September 1981


After completing his elementary education, Bahman Atefi worked with his brother on a farm.  He was a member of the Local Spiritual Assembly[1] of Afus.  On 26 June 1981, the loud speakers of the Afus mosque announced that the Chief Judge of the Islamic Court of Faridan had ordered all Baha’is to cooperate with the Pasdars who were going to collect them and take them to the mosque.  Bahman Atefi, and his brother Ezzat, were taken from their home at 9 pm to the mosque. Ezzat refused to enter the mosque to recant his faith, but rather confirmed it. This resulted in his arrest.  Bahman did the same and was also arrested.  They were imprisoned in Daran, Isfahan.

Then on 11 September 1981, after some two months of imprisonment, Bahman and Ezzat Atefi were executed by firing squad, together with three other believers, Ataollah Rowhani, Ahmad Rezvani and Goshtasb Sabet-Rasekh.  The bodies of Bahman and Ezzat Atefi were taken back to Afus and buried in the Bahá’í cemetery in the presence of a few family members and the Revolutionary guards.  The family was not permitted to bury the bodies in coffins or to perform the Bahá’í burial laws.  The bodies of Ataollah Rowhani, Ahmad Rezvani and Goshtasb Sabet-Rasekh were not returned to their families, they were possibly buried in a Muslim cemetery in Chikan by the authorities. Their immediate family and Baha’i relatives were not informed of their execution or burial.


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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.