Shapour (Houshang) Markazi

Born: 1929, Hamadan 

Executed in Tehran on 23rd September 1984


In 1934, Shapour (Houshang) Markazi and his family moved to Tehran where he completed his primary and high school education.  He later pioneered to Bahrain for seven years.  After his return to Iran he found employment with the Institute of Irrigation and worked in various cities.  He was appointed an Auxiliary Board member[1].  He was also elected to the third National Spiritual Assembly[2] of Iran in 1982, after the arrest and execution of the members of the second National Spiritual Assembly. 

Shapour (Houshang) Markazi was arrested in September 1983 and imprisoned at Evin prison.  He was tortured severely and suffered broken ribs and loss of vision in one eye.  He was executed on 23 September 1984.  His body was not returned to his family; he was possibly buried by the authorities.



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[1] 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.

[2] National Spiritual Assembly: a nine-member administrative body elected annually by the Baha’is of each country, tasked with overseeing the affairs of the Baha’i community of that particular country.