Born: 1924, Abadeh
Executed by hanging in Shiraz on 12 March 1985
Rahmatollah Vafaie was born into a Baha’i family. When he was a young child his family pioneered to Bahmanabad, where they were subjected to much persecution. At the age of 13 his home was plundered, and his family was forced to flee to Abadeh. In Abadeh he completed primary school and half of high school when his parents decided to pioneer to the village of Dehbid. As there were no educational or employment opportunities in Dehbid he moved to Abadan where he worked at the National Oil Company. He later moved to Shiraz and married in 1951. He and his wife pioneered to Marvdasht and opened a business of selling electrical appliances. He was a member of the Local Spiritual Assembly of Marvdasht.
He was arrested on 29 November 1982 together with some other believers. He was first held in Marvdasht for 1 week and then detained in Shriaz for 3 weeks. During that time, he was tortured severely and interrogated. He was subsequently transferred to Adilabad prison. He was executed by hanging in Chawgan Square on 12 March 1985, together with Yadollah Mahmoudnejad and Touba Zaierpour. Their bodies were probably buried by the authorities in the Baha’i cemetery of Shiraz without the knowledge of their families.
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