Abdol-Vahhab Kazemi-Manshadi

Born: 1902, Manshad, Yazd

Executed by firing squad in Yazd on 8 September 1980


Abdol-Vahhab Kazemi-Manshadi was a farmer by profession, who married and raised his family in Manshad.  He was a member of the Local Spiritual Assembly[1] of Manshad for many years. A few months prior to his arrest and imprisonment, his home was ransacked and his barn was set on fire.  His wife was 70 years old at the time, and although she had witnessed many attacks on her husband in the past, she was greatly disturbed by this occurrence and passed away a few days later.  Abdol-Vahhab was left alone and despite much insistence from his children he refused to leave Manshad. 

Then one night a number of Pasdars raided his house, and while beating him, dragged him to their car and drove towards Yazd to imprison him. On their way however, they decided he was not worth the journey and threw him out into the desert.  A few hours later, a truck driver found him and drove him to Taft.  He then made his way back to Manshad.  The morning after, he arrived home, where he was arrested.  He was imprisoned on 27 August 1980 and executed by firing squad shortly after, on 8 September 1980, together with six other believers, Azizollah Zabihian, Fereidoun  Faridani, Nourollah Akhtar-Khavari, Jalal Mostaghim, Mahmoud Hasanzadeh and Ali Motahhari. The details of their execution are unknown, It is rumoured that they were killed in a garden outside the city by a guard who conducted the executions while each of them insisted to be executed first.  Their bodies were buried on barren land outside the city in the presence of their families and some 200 Baha’is.


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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.