[PROVISIONAL TRANSLATION FROM Persian]

 

[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets.]

[Personal information has been redacted.]

[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]

 

[Newspaper:] Atash

[Date:] 14 Tir 1336 [5 July 1957]

[Issue No.:] 1676

 

The Greatest Criminal Trial in Tehran Has Begun

44 Muslims Accused of Killing Seven Baha’is are on Trial

The lawyer for the heirs of one of the victims said sarcastically that the accused are believed by the plaintiff to be the enemies of God - the defendants, in a Yazdi accent, said that they were poor peasants.

They want to lay the blame on us - from an 85-year-old man to a 16-year-old child are put to trial.

At eight O’clock in the morning of 23 Khordad [13 June] of the current year [1957], Branch 1 of the   Tehran High Court of Criminal Investigation was convened to investigate the case of 34 people of Sakhvid, Yazd, accused of killing seven Baha’is in the Village of Hormozak, headed by Mr. Nematollahi and [Mr.] Rahbari, [Mr.] Tayyebi, [Mr.] Forough, [and Mr.] Kiaee Oskouei as advocates, in the grand hall of the Criminal Court.

Forty-four of the said defendants, including a woman and a gendarme, and old men of 85 and 70 years of age and 16-year-old children, were brought to court with their guards.

Mr. Neghabat, [Mr.] Amin Amin, [Mr.] Manouher Ghaem-Maghami, and [Mr.] Kazem Kazemzadeh were present at the trial, representing the heirs of the victims and private complainants. And the defendants had appointed [Mr.] Adib Razavi, [Mr.] Ahmad Tabatabaei Qomi, [Mr.] Zulmajd Tabatabaei, [Mr.] Khodadad Saber, Seyyed Jafar Azmayesh, [Mr.] Jalil Okhowwat, Seyyed Mehdi Razavi, [Mr.] Jalal Naeini and [Mr.] Faghihi Shirazi to defend them. Mr. Abtahi and Dr. Asayesh were also present at the trial as their appointed public defenders. From the Public Prosecutor