Hosein Motlagh

Born: 30 January 1936, Aran, Kashan

Executed in Hamadan on 14 June 1981


Hosein Motlagh was born into a Baha’i family.  After completing his primary and high school education he moved to Tehran where he was employed in the Bank-e-Sepah.  Five years later he resigned and commenced work for the Umana Company, he served in that capacity for 12 years.  He later pioneered to Hamadan and served on the Local Spiritual Assembly[1] there from 1977 to his final arrest and imprisonment in 1980. 

He was arrested first on 16 July 1979 and detained at the Sepah-e-Pasdaran.  After a lengthy interrogation, the Islamic District Attorney of Hamadan demanded a bail of 100,000 tumans for his release.  The Local Spiritual Assembly of Hamadan paid this, and he was released after 9 days of detention.  His final arrest was on 13 August 1980, together with other members of the Local Spiritual Assembly of Hamadan.  Then on 14 June 1981, after months of imprisonment, he was executed by firing squad, together with six members of the Local Spiritual Assembly, Mohammad (Sohrab) Habibi, Mohammad-Bagher (Soheil) Habibi, Hosein Khandel, Tarazollah Khozein, Firouz Naiemi and Naser Vafai.  Their bodies showed evidence of severe torture before execution. They were laid to rest by their families in the Hamadan Baha’i cemetery, in accordance with Bahá’í law.


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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.