[PROVISIONAL TRANSLATION FROM PERSIAN]
[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets]
[Personal information has been redacted.]
In the Name of God,
[Illegible] /10/1362 [14 January 1984] – Main Registration office of…
A copy of Court Order number G-M-D 1236, [dated] 23/12/1361 [14 March 1983], Branch 8 of the Central Office of the Islamic Revolutionary Court, is enclosed for legal action.
Main office of the Registry of Deeds and Notaries Public of Managers of National Lands and Deeds Registry
11034 – 24/10/1362 [14 January 1984] Transcript: Please forward the enclosed transcript of the aforementioned Court Order to all the Notary Public Offices around the city and in the suburbs, the Office of Registry in the district – Office of Registry of Isfahan, enforcement [agencies], Companies’ Registration Bureau, archives of different regions, detention centers’ records, and the Office of the Prosecutor of the Islamic Revolution of Isfahan.
Acting registrar in District 10 of Isfahan
24/10/1362 [14 January 1984]
24597/M/61-K-M-D-1236 –– 23/12/1361 [14 March 1983]
The Islamic Revolutionary Court of Justice, Branch 8, located at Shahid Ghoddusi Crossing [Tehran], presided over by the undersigned, case number 24597/M/61, hereby charges Ardeshir Sistani, son of Shah-Bahram, 82 years of age, a resident of Tehran, retired employee of the Ministry of Health, currently working at the archives office of the National Assembly of Baha’is [sic]. The accused, who was arrested for concealing in his residence documents related to the archives of the National Assembly of Baha’is, has confessed, based on the documents obtained. Accusations against him are as follows:
- Confessed and pleaded guilty that he was a Zoroastrian until the age of 18, and he attended Baha’i children classes every Friday from age seven until he converted to Bahaism from Zoroastrianism at the age of 18, and officially accepted Bahaism;
- Confessed that he was member of the Baha’i memorial service committee in Tehran for 20 years;
- Pleaded guilty to being a member of the Baha’i Spiritual Assembly of Khavardin;
- Confessed that he was elected as the chairman of the Spiritual Assembly of Khavardin for four consecutive years until his arrest;
- Confessed that he offered his house, during the past three years, as storage for archived documents of the Central [National] Assembly, and he himself took full responsibility to safeguard them. (It should be noted that there are so many documents in his house that it has taken two months to catalogue the list of Baha’is, and the efforts continue);
- Confessed to having received messages and instructions from the Central Assembly [sic] and distributed them among the people;
- Confessed to having given financial assistance to the Universal House of Justice, located in Israel, through 19-Day Feasts and so-on, while giving to the [Fund] of the Baha’i community;
- Confessed to having actively participated in Baha’i meetings and 19-Day Feasts;
- Evidence has been obtained that proves the above-named was a treasurer, collecting financial assistance from all over the country for (Huqúqu’lláh). A substantial amount of these funds, adding up to one million, three hundred thousand tumans, was placed in cash in a hidden compartment of the accused’s residence.
- Confessed to having collected Baha’i contributions and Huqúqu’lláh from various Baha’is until his arrest.
- Confessed to having identified Baha’is and others who had lost their employment and paid them maintenance allowance on behalf of the Central Assembly as the appointed representative responsible for this task.
- Managed buildings and residences of the Baha’is who had fled the country, and assigned them to Baha’is migrating from different parts of the country to Tehran for activities, including a residence located on Valiasr Street in Tehran that was assigned to Jalal Hakiman, one of the ideologues of the Baha’is. He was recently sentenced to death and executed by the Supreme Judiciary Council on charges of spying and actions against Islam and the Quran. This house belongs to someone by the name of Houshang Sirous, nephew of Mr. Sistani, who fled the country a few years ago and was Zoroastrian, according to a statement made by the accused (Houshang Sirous). He has another large and luxurious house equipped with all kinds of items indicating debauchery, on Mulla-Sadra Street. This house was in the possession of Ardeshir Sistani for five years, and since the house was used for various meetings, until the accused’s arrest, it was not rented to anyone. It has remained empty to date, and was looked after by Ardeshir Sistani’s brother, who is also one of the active Baha’is. In addition, there are a number of other buildings, properties, and companies that belong to Mr. Houshang Sirous, son of Khodadad, who also fled the country following the victory of the Islamic Revolution. These properties were also used to strengthen the foundation of the perverse Baha’i sect while weakening Islam.
The aforementioned case has been under review in this Branch. Having read the bill of indictment issued by the Head Office of the Prosecutor of the Islamic Revolution, and after an explanation of charges to the accused, he began to defend himself. In his own defence he stated, “I accept the first indictment that I indeed attended the Baha’i children’s classes from age seven to 18. I also accept the second indictment that I was member of a Baha’i committee for 20 years.
“I also accept the charges on the third indictment of being a member of the Baha’i Spiritual Assembly of Khavardin. In regards to the charges on the fourth indictment attributed to me, it should be noted that I was the chairman of the Spiritual Assembly of Khavardin for four years prior to 1358 [1979/1980]. In regards to the rest of the charges on the bill of indictment, I confirm that for about six months I let the Central Assembly [National Assembly] use a room in my residence as storage for archived documents of the Spiritual Assembly; however, the responsibility of managing the archive room was not with me and I did not manage the activities. Of course, I might have taken money from some individuals, which I handed over to the mediator, who gave them to the Assembly. Obviously, we gathered the funds to send to the Universal House of Justice in Israel for charity, but what the Tehran Assembly did with the money I do not know. Assisting the House of Justice is part of my duty, and even if I were to be set free today and money came to my hand, I am of the belief that I should send it to the House of Justice. In regards to managing the properties of those who have fled the country, I only managed the properties of my nephew Houshang Sirous.”
The court, after reviewing the content of the case and considering the bill of indictment issued by the Office of the Prosecutor of the Islamic Revolution in Tehran, and reviewing the records and evidence provided with the file, and after hearing the last defence of the accused, concludes the hearings and delivers its decision as follows:
In light of the contents of the file and explicit statements made by the accused as one of the leaders of the perverse Baha’i sect, acting officially against the Islamic Republic and against Islam and the Revolution, while mediating to forward financial and intellectual assistance to the Universal House of Justice in Israel, and charges that are well-established, the court concludes that, in accordance with the Islamic Judicial principles, the accused is condemned herewith to execution. This court order will be carried out following approval of the Supreme Islamic Revolutionary Court.
In regards to the properties of Houshang Sirous, son of Khodad [Khodadad], and nephew of Mr. Ardeshir Sistani, the accused in this case, since he was also one of the active members of the perverse Baha’i sect who has fled the country and is not considered protected under Islam, and moreover, since he has given his properties for the use of other Baha’is in Iran, the belief is that his entire belongings should be confiscated to the benefit of the Islamic Republic government of Iran and in accordance with judicial principles. This decision can be appealed through the Supreme Islamic Revolutionary Court. The cash discovered at the residence of Ardeshir Sistani, which he had collected as Huqúqu’lláh, will be confiscated for the benefit the government. In regards to the house that Sistani used as storage of archived documents and records for the Baha’is, the residence is owned by Kiyaboun Sotoudeh, Forouz Sotoudeh, Khorshid Sotoudeh, Rouhangiz Sotoudeh, Paridokht Sotoudeh, Khodayar Sotoudeh, and Mehrbanou Sotoudeh. They are all Baha’is, have fled the country, and are not considered protected under Islam; their property will be confiscated for the benefit of the Islamic Republic government. This court order can be appealed through the Supreme Islamic Revolutionary Court.
Sharia Judge of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Justice, Branch 8
Located at Shahid Ghoddusi Crossing
 [Huqúqu’lláh is a socio-economic and spiritual law of the Bahá’í Faith. In its most basic form, it states that Bahá'ís should make a 19% voluntary payment on any wealth in excess of what is necessary to live comfortably, after the remittance of any outstanding debt. The money is then disbursed to social and economic development projects, or similar philanthropic purposes.]