Born: 10 February 1944, Mashhad
Executed by hanging in Mashhad on 30 October 1984
Firouz Pourdel was born into a Baha’i family. After completing his high school education, he entered Tehran Polytechnic and obtained a degree in engineering. He then completed his military service and was employed by the National Oil Company. Some years later he resigned and found employment with an engineering firm in Mashhad that was linked to the Communications Department. He held this job until his dismissal, after the commencement of the Islamic Revolution, for his adherence to the Faith. He was elected to the Local Spiritual Assembly of Mashhad in 1979.
Firouz Pourdel was arrested on 23 August 1983 and imprisoned in Mashhad. He was transferred to Vakilabad prison in October 1983. A year later, on 30 October 1984, he was executed by hanging. His family was informed of his execution 3 days later, and his body was released to them on 4 November 1984. Under the supervision of a number of Pasdars his family was permitted to perform the washing and shrouding of his body, and the recital of the Prayer for the Dead and other prayers. His coffin was then handed over to a number of Baha’i youth who were authorised by the officials to bury his body in an assigned cemetery, the location of which no one else was permitted to know.
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 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.