Younes Nawruzi-Iranzad

Born: 9 August 1926 Marand, Azerbaijan

Executed by hanging in Karaj on 1 November 1984


Younes Nawruzi-Iranzad was born into a Baha’i family.  He completed primary school in Azerbaijan and high school in Tehran.  After undertaking military service, he was employed by the Ministry of Education as a teacher in Abadan.  He was later dismissed from his employment for his adherence to the Baha’i Faith.  After six months of unemployment, he began working for the National Bank of Iran in Sirjan, Kerman.  He was transferred to Fasa, Fars and to Tehran, where he retired in 1978.  He pioneered to Karaj and became a member of the Local Spiritual Assembly[1] of the Baha’is of Karaj.  In 1981, his retirement pension was terminated because of his adherence to the Baha’i Faith. 

He was arrested on 27 July 1983, at his home in Karaj.  He was imprisoned at Evin prison and endured many months of torture. He was executed by hanging on 1 November 1984, together with Ahmad Bashiri.


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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.