Yadollah Mahmoudnejad

Born: 1930, Azerbaijan

Executed by hanging in Shiraz on 12 March 1983


Yadollah Mahmoudnejad was born into a Muslim family.  A few years after accepting the Baha’i Faith, he pioneered to Yemen.  He married in Qatar in 1958, and had two daughters.  Then in 1969 he and his family returned to Iran.  They settled first in Tabriz and then Shiraz.  He was a member of the Local Spiritual Assembly[1] of Shiraz at the time of his arrest and imprisonment.

He was arrested on 23 October 1982, together with his daughter Mona.  They were first imprisoned at the Sepah Detention Centre whence they were separated.  He was tortured severely and sometime later transferred to Adilabad prison, where Mona was also transferred.  He was executed by hanging on 12 March 1983, together with Rahmatollah Vafaie.  Mona, who had been transferred to Adilabad before, was hanged 8 months after her father, together with nine other Baha’i women.


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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.