Firouz Athari

Born: 10 December 1932, Miandoab

Executed by hanging in Tehran on 9 December 1984


Firouz Athari was born into a Bahá’í family and in 1969 got married, and after some years settled in Karaj.  In 1981 he was elected to the Local Spiritual Assembly[1] of Karaj.

On 28 July 1983, at 3 am, Firouz Athari’s house was raided by armed Pasdars and he was beaten badly.  They demanded him to hand over the funds of the Local Spiritual Assembly as he was the treasurer at the time.  He was subsequently arrested and for several weeks his whereabouts were unknown to his family.  Each day they visited the Gowhardasht prison in hope of finding him.  Finally, after two months the Pasdars accepted money and clothing for him.  He was later transferred to Evin prison and on 19 May 1984 his family was allowed to visit him for the first time.  His appearance had changed dramatically and he was barely recognizable.  They recounted that he had visibly aged and that his front teeth were missing.  Months later, on 9 December 1984, he was executed by hanging, together with Enayatollah Haghighi, Rouhollah Taalim, Jamshid Pourustadkar, Jamal Kashani, and Gholam-Hosein Farhad.  His body was buried by the authorities in a Muslim cemetery.  His family was not informed of his execution until 13 days later when they went to the prison for a scheduled family visit.


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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.