Mahmoud Hasanzadeh

Born:  7 November 1939, Yazd

Executed in Yazd on 8 September 1980


Mahmoud Hasanzadeh’s mother was a Baha’i and his father a Muslim.  In 1978, at the commencement of the Islamic Revolution, he was elected to the Local Spiritual Assembly[1] of Yazd. 

On 18 June 1980, he was arrested at his sister’s house.  He was imprisoned for 80 days before his execution.  He was executed by firing squad, on 8 September 1980, together with six other believers, Nourollah Akhtar-Khavari, Azizollah Zabihian, Feraydoun Faridani, Abdol-Vahhab Kazem-Manshadi, Jalal Mostaghim and ‘Ali Motahheri.  The details of the execution are unknown, however it is rumoured that they were killed in a garden outside the city; that a single guard conducted the executions, and that each begged to be the first to be executed.  He was the youngest of the seven.  Their bodies were buried on a piece of barren land outside the city, in the presence of their families and some 200 believers.


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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.