Serrollah Vahdat-Nezami

Born: 15 February 1931

Executed by hanging in Tehran on 4 May 1986

 

Serrollah Vahdat-Nezami was born into a Baha’i family in 1931.  After completing his high school education in Tehran, he entered the Military Academy and graduated as an army officer in 1955.  He was later assigned to various posts and attained the rank of Commander in Chief of the Military Academy of Tehran.  After the commencement of the Islamic Revolution however, his salary and pension were terminated on account of his adherence to the Faith.  In 1981, after the execution of the members of the Local Spiritual Assembly[1] of Tehran he was elected on the Assembly.

He was arrested on 13 February 1986 and imprisoned at Evin prison.  He was tortured severely during his imprisonment and executed by hanging on 4 May 1986.  His body was not returned to his family; it is believed he was 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.