Manouchehr Farzaneh-Moayyad

Born: 28 August 1927, Tehran

Executed in Qazvin on 9 July 1982


After completing his high school education, Manouchehr Farzaneh-Moayyad obtained a degree in Banking and finance in Abadan.  Then in 1964 he was employed by the Iran-France Credit Bank in Tehran.  Ten years later, in 1974 he transferred to Qazvin where he was elected on the Local Spiritual Assembly[1].  In 1977 he was transferred to Shiraz and was the director of the bank in that city.  While in Shiraz he was also chosen as an assistant[2] to the Auxiliary Board[3].  At the commencement of the Islamic Revolution the government ordered that all Baha’i employees in government offices be dismissed, however to honour his 18 years of service, the bank gave him a retirement instead.

Then on 1 May 1982, while on a trip to Qazvin, he was arrested.  He was imprisoned in Chubin-Dar prison and executed on 9 July 1892, together with 3 other believers, Jadidollah Ashraf, Mohammad Mansouri, Mohammad Abbasi.  Their bodies were buried in the village of Kakin, 50 km outside of Qazvin, by their families.


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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.

[2] Assistants: individuals appointed by the Auxiliary Board members to assist them in their work on a local level.

[3] Auxiliary Board Members: group of individuals appointed by the Continental Board of Counselors for a five year term.  Their responsibility is to encourage individuals and strengthen Baha’i communities in their area of service - usually smaller regions within a country.  Auxiliary Board Members have a consultative role in relation to the Local Spiritual Assemblies.