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[Newspaper:] Kayhan

[Date:] Thursday 27 Farvardín 1371 [16 April 1992]

[Issue No:] 400

[Page:] 2                            

 

A Baha’i was surreptitiously executed.

A day after his arrest, Bahman Samandari was executed without trial or having been notified of the charges against him.

The Baha’i Community has requested international organizations to take action to prevent a resumption of the executions of Baha’is in Iran.

After nearly three and a half years, the Islamic Republic resumed execution of Bahai’s and on the approach of Naw Ruz, a respected member of the Baha’i Community of Iran was executed a day after his arrest. On 17 March, the judicial authorities, without producing any proof, arrested Bahman Samandari and then on 20 March informed his spouse that he is buried in the Behesht-e -Zahra cemetery in the special section for infidels, which is commonly known as ‘kofrabad’.

Bahman Samandari’s brother, Kazem Samadari, who resides in Geneva told reporters that his brother was first arrested in October 1987 and was incarcerated in Evin Prison but was released on bail on 18 December of the same year. Like other Baha’is, he was also deprived of employment. For the past ten years he had been working in a textile factory until, on 17 March, Officers of the regime arrested him. The Islamic Republic has not published any news pertaining to the execution of Bahman Samandari.

Bahman Samandari was a 52-year-old economist and the father of two children.

On 9 April, the Baha’i Community reported his execution to the United Nations Human Rights Committee in Geneva and other national committees who were gathered in Geneva to prepare for the International Conference on Human Rights, held under the auspices of that Committee. The Baha’i Community protested that Samandari was executed without the charges against him having been pronounced and without trial.  In a published statement, the Baha’i Community in Paris stated that the execution of Bahman Samandari is part of the regime’s efforts in preparation for the fourth round of the election of The Islamic Consultative Assembly. The Baha’i Community requested that the international organization of the United Nations take action in order to prevent a re-commencement of the execution of the Baha’is, this 300,000 member community which since Khomeini came to power has been the subject of constant surveillance and persecutions.

Following the announcement of Samandari’s execution, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the United States of America condemned this action taken by the Islamic Republic and demanded the Government of Iran  to disseminate more information on this issue.