Manouchehr Khazei

Born: 12 September 1924, Qazvin

Executed by firing squad in Tabriz on 29 July 1981


Manouchehr Khazei was born into a Baha’i family.  He spent his childhood in Qazvin, and then during World War II worked in different cities.  Towards the end of the war, he was an English translator in Takestan, near Qazvin.  In 1944 he found employment at the Petroleum Company in Abadan and later worked in various capacities in the Province of Khuzestan.  After his retirement, he transferred to Tabriz.  He was elected to the Local Spiritual Assembly[1] of Tabriz in 1979.

He was arrested on 22 April 1980, at a meeting with some Baha’i youth and school teachers.  He was imprisoned in Tabriz prison and executed by firing squad at dawn on 29 July 1981, together with eight other believers.  Six of the executed were members of the Local Spiritual Assembly of Tabriz, Hosein Asadollah-Zadeh, Abdol-Ali Asadyari, Esmail Zehtab, Parviz Firouzi, Mehdi Baheri and Habibollah Tahghighi, one was an Auxiliary board member[2], Masrour Dakhili, and another was a fellow believer, Allah-Vardi Misaghi.  Their families were informed of their executions the following day. Their bodies were not returned to their families; It is believed they were buried by the authorities.


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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] 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.