Kamran Samimi

Born: 30 December 1925, Tehran

Executed in Tehran on 27 December 1981

 

Kamran Samimi was born into a Baha’i family.  At the age of 16, upon hearing that there is need of a teacher for Baha’i children’s classes in Najafabad, he abandoned his studies and went to Najafabad.  After some time, he returned to Tehran and completed his high school education.  He then moved to India to further his studies and married.  He and his family returned to Iran, however they pioneered again, this time to Indonesia.  After 15 years they returned to Iran and settled in Tehran.  He was appointed a member of the National Education Committee and remained as its secretary until the time of the Islamic Revolution.  He was elected to the second National Spiritual Assembly[1] of Iran, after the abduction of the members of the first National Assembly in August 1980.

On 13 December 1981, he was arrested together with 7 other members of the National Spiritual Assembly, Jinous  Naimat Mahmoudi, Mahmoud Majzoub, Jalal Azizi, Sirous Rowshani, Ezzatollah Forouhi, Ghodratollah Rowhani and Mehdi Amin-Amin.  They were executed by a firing squad shortly after on 27 December 1981. Their bodies were not returned to their families; probably they were buried by the authorities.

 

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[1]  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.