[PROVISIONAL TRANSLATION FROM PERSIAN]

 

[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets]

[Personal information has been redacted.]

 

20/10/1359 [10 January 1981]

 

Esteemed Supreme Judicial Council of the Islamic Republic of Iran

 

Given that the trial of our oppressed friends at the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Hamadan has begun, and it is probable that some incitements will be made against the accused, the Baha’i Community of Iran emphatically beseeches His Honour and the esteemed judges who are the protectors of the luminous religion [of Islam]—with a view to the sacred verse in the Quran which says: O you who have believed, be persistently standing firm in justice, witnesses for Allah, even if it be against yourselves[1], to ensure that the principles of divine justice are followed in this trial and the provocateurs are prevented from engaging in prejudicial and ill-intentioned acts, so that the results of the trial of these oppressed ones will not be similar to what happened in Tabriz and Yazd, and the standards of Islamic justice and the reputation of our beloved country of Iran will not sustain a spiritual loss in the eyes of the people of the world.

 

Be just; that is nearer to righteousness[2]

 

The Baha’i Community of Iran

[Signature]

 

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[1] [Quran 4:135]

[2] [Quran 5:8]