Yousef Ghadimi

Born: 15 April 1915, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Abducted and disappeared in Tehran on 21 August 1980


Yousef Ghadimi was born into a Baha’i family.  When he was 15 years old his family returned to Iran, and after completing his high school education he received a grant from the government to further his studies at university in Paris.  He studied economics and upon his graduation returned to Iran.  He was then employed as the Director of Foreign Exchange in the Bank-e-Melli, the National Bank of Iran.  He later started his own business. He was a member of the National Spiritual Assembly[1] of Iran.

On 21 August 1980, the National Spiritual Assembly had a joint meeting with two Auxiliary Board members[2], Yousef Abbasian Milani and Heshmatollah Rowhani, to discuss the situation of the Baha’is imprisoned in Yazd and Hamadan.  At approximately 4 pm, the meeting was raided by a number of Pasdars.  The members of the National Spiritual Assembly, including himself and Abdol-Hosein Taslimi, Ebrahim Rahmani, Hosein Naji, Manouher Ghaem-Maghami, Ataollah Mogharrabi, Houshang Mahmoudi, Bahiyyeh Naderi and Kambiz Sadeghzadeh, as well as the two Auxiliary Board members, were abducted.  They were never seen or heard from again.



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[1] National Spiritual Assembly: a nine-member administrative body elected annually by the Baha’is of each country, tasked with overseeing the affairs of the Bahá’í community of that particular country.

[2] Auxiliary Board Members: group of individuals appointed by the Continental Board of Counselors for a five year term.  Their responsibility is to encourage individuals and strengthen Baha’i communities in their area of service - usually smaller regions within a country.  Auxiliary Board Members have a consultative role in relation to the Local Spiritual Assemblies.