Soroush Jabbari

Born: 11 September 1942, Saysan, Azerbaijan

Executed by hanging in Tehran on 3 March 1987

 

Soroush Jabbari was born into a Baha’i family. A few years after his birth, his family moved to Miyaneh where they were persecuted by the fanatical populace.  He completed part of his high school education there and then moved to Tehran at the age of 16 to continue his studies.  After graduating from high school, he was employed by a construction company as a draftsman.  He was gradually promoted until he assumed the role of director of the drawing section.  At the commencement of the Islamic Revolution, he was dismissed from his job for his adherence to the Baha’i Faith.  When Baha’i administration was banned in 1983 in Iran, he was appointed on a committee responsible for helping the members of the community.

On 15 September 1984, Soroush Jabbari was arrested.  Five other members of the committee were also arrested.  For approximately two and a half months his whereabouts were unknown.  Finally, his family discovered that he was being imprisoned at Gohardasht prison.  He was later transferred to Evin prison and executed by hanging on 3 March 1987. His body was not returned to his family; he was possibly buried by the authorities.

 

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