Ghodratollah Rowhani

Born: 27 December 1936, Joshagan, Kashan

Executed by firing squad in Tehran on 27 December 1981


Ghodratollah Rowhani was born into a Baha’i family and when he was 10 years when he moved with his family to Tehran.  He completed his primary and high school education there and then obtained a law degree from Tehran University.  He later married and was employed by the Ministry of Justice.  In 1976 he resigned from the Ministry of Justice and opened his own law practice.

From 1972, he legally represented the Umana Company.  He was elected to the Local Spiritual Assembly[1] of Tehran in 1979 and then to the second National Spiritual Assembly[2] of Iran, after the abduction of the members of the first National Spiritual Assembly in August 1980.  A little over a year later, on 13 December 1981, he was arrested together with seven other members of the National Assembly, Jinous  Naimat Mahmoudi, Kamran Samimi, Mahmoud Majzoub, Jalal Azizi, Sirous Rowshani, Ezzatollah Forouhi and Mehdi Amin-Amin.  They were executed by firing squad shortly after on 27 December 1981.  Their bodies were buried by the authorities. Their bodies were not returned to their families; they were possibly buried by the authorities.


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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.

[2] National Spiritual Assembly: a nine-member administrative body elected annually by the Baha’is of each country, tasked with overseeing the affairs of the Bahá’í community of that particular country.