Faramarz Samandari          

Born: 18 February 1932, Babol, Mazandaran

Executed by firing squad in Tabriz on 14th July 1980


Faramarz Samandari was born into a Baha’i family.  After completing his primary and high school education he moved to Tabriz and obtained a medical degree from Tabriz University.  He then undertook 2 years of military service.  He was later awarded a government scholarship to continue his medical training in Canada.  He spent seven years there and became an ear, nose and throat surgeon.  He married a non-Iranian lady in 1969.  Shortly after they settled in Iran and he was employed as a Professor of Medicine at Tabriz University.  He was a member of the Local Spiritual Assembly[1] of Tabriz. 

In early 1979 he relocated his family to the United States for their safety.  He however returned to Iran.  Then on 22 April 1980 he was arrested and imprisoned in Tabriz prison.  He was executed by firing squad on 14 July 1980, together with Yadollah Astani.  The bodies of the two were laid to rest in accordance with Baha’i law, and in the presence of 1,000 Baha’is and non-Baha’i friends.


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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.