Maghsoud Alizadeh

Born: 23 September 1940, Miandoab

Executed by firing squad in Tabriz on 5 May 1984


Maghsoud Alizadeh was born into a Baha’i family in 1940 in Miandoab.  He completed his high school in Tabriz. He then enrolled in the College of Agriculture in Varamin near Tehran.  After graduating he returned to Urmia where he was employed in the Department of Land Reform as an agricultural expert.  In 1970, he was elected to the Local Spiritual Assembly[1] of the Baha’is of Tabriz.

After the commencement of the Islamic Revolution, he was dismissed from his employment for his adherence to the Baha’i Faith.  On 28 January 1982, he was arrested and imprisoned in Tabriz.  He was kept in solitary confinement for three months.  On 5 May 1984 Maghsoud together with Jalal Payravi were executed by firing squad in the late afternoon in Tir square in Tabriz.  During scheduled visits to prison his family found out that Maghsoud had been executed the day before. His family buried him on 7 May 1984.


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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.