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[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]


[Newspaper:] Kayhan

[Date:] Tuesday, 16 Ordibehesht 1359 [6 May 1980]

[Issue No:] 10989

[Page:] 12


This Morning in Evin Prison:

Seven Devotees of the Previous Regime Were Executed by Firing Squad.

Today at dawn, seven [people] who were condemned by various branches of the Islamic Revolutionary Courts, were executed by firing squad.

The following statement from the Office of the Public Prosecutor was issued in connection to these seven executions:

The Iranian Revolutionary Court convicted seven people for “sowing [the seed] of corruption on earth” and sentenced them to death. The execution was carried out this morning at 1:45 a.m. 

Those executed are listed in the following order:

  1. Badiollah Yazdani, son of Reza Gholi, convicted of looting millions of tumans from the Public Treasury, appropriation of the farming lands in Taleghan and Robat Karim, homicide and participation in the shameful coup d’état of 28 Mordad, and assisting Israel. (He was the brother of Hojabr Yazdani)
  2. Shamsollah Gawhari, son of Nayyerollah, charged with cooperation with Hojabr Yazdani in looting the Public Treasury and participating in the murder of Jahanbakhsh Kenarsari Anhari.
  3. Gholam Hosein Azami, son of Haydar, charged with confronting the revolutionists of Mehdi Shahr and creating terror and fear amongst the Muslims by taking armed actions and shooting during the nights of Muharram of 1357, and cooperating with Hojabr Yazdani and insulting holy imams. 
  4. Ali-Akbar Moini, son of Gholam-Hosein, charged with cooperation with Hojabr Yazdani, looting the Public Treasury, appropriation of lands from oppressed farmers and openly taking actions against Islam, and involvement in the banishment of clergy and assisting with Hojabr Yazdani’s escape.


The verdict was carried out this morning, Tuesday, 16 Ordibehesht 1359 [6 May 1980] at 1:45 a.m. in the Evin Prison.


[Notes under the pictures] 

Badiollah Yazdani, brother of Hojabr Yazdani, Shamsollah Gawhari, Gholam-Hosein Azami,  Ali Akbar Moini, the supporters of Hojabr Yazdani, who were executed by firing squad this morning by order of the court.