[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:] Kayhan

[Date:] Monday 7 Shahrivar 1362, 20 Dhu’l-Qa’da 1403, [29 August 1983]

[Issue No:] 11952

 

The answer of the Chief Prosecutor Office to the 16 questions [published in] Kayhan regarding the limits of political activities, conditions of freedom for the prisoners, prosecution of the heads of small counter-revolutionary groups, the Hojjatieh Organization, and combatting hoarding and over-charging.

 

…We do not imprison or execute anyone [on the grounds of being] a Baha’i. Those who have been punished have been institutional members of Bahaism and were spying and plotting… 

 

…Seyyed Khandan – Kayhan correspondent: Hojjatol-Islam Seyyed Hosein Mousavi-Tabrizi, the Chief Public Prosecutor of the Islamic Republic, in a special interview with Kayhan:  On the status of the Baha’is and the condition of the imprisoned and the mode of visits from their families, the matter of over-charging and hoarding, also some actions in relation to the hijab, were other subjects that the Chief Public Prosecutor addressed in this interview.

 

Prohibition of the Activities of the Baha’is

 

We asked:  Every now and then from the International News Services we hear about the execution of Baha’is, which cause an uproar against the Islamic Republic. Does not the Public Prosecutor of the Revolution want to take a decision and [make a response]?

 

The Chief Public Prosecutor made the following comments in this regard:   “We do not want to react; what we can only do is to describe to those individuals who have doubts, that they really do not realize why some of these [people] are being executed.

 

The imperialistic News Service accuses us of executing these people for being Baha’is. We have explained this matter to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and formally announce that today that there are many Baha’is in Iran and we do not arrest or execute them for being Baha’is, but some of them are spies. We have many documents from the Baha’ism Institutions that [prove that] they have passed reports to foreigners and engage in espionage, and for others, they incite and cause disruption in some of their efforts and sometimes they collect money inside Iran and send [the funds] to other countries; and as you have recently seen in some storage facilities Peykan[1] spare parts were found; it was said that it was an institutional decision to hoard and collect these.  Because of these matters, we announce that all the collective activities [of the Baha’is] and the Baha’i institutions are prohibited in Iran, in fact, it has always been unlawful and the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Constitution has not officially accepted them. In this regard I should say, when some of them were arrested they said, our activities are not being prohibited and that is why we have been active.

 

I announce today that because of this sabotage and the wrongdoings perpetrated by Baha’ism institutions, from the point of view of Islamic Republic Public Prosecutor, such institutions are considered as taking arms and plotting [against God and Islam] and therefore any form of activity on their part is unlawful. Now, if someone who is a Baha’i and is engaged in his own personal religious activities according to his own beliefs, does not involve others with Baha’ism, does not propagate [his faith], does not engage in institutional activities, does not assist in the planning of meetings and is not involved in their institutions, we have nothing to do with them, not only do we not execute them, we do not even imprison them. He is free to participate in social activities, but if he wants to work institutionally, this is entirely unlawful and is committing a crime, because these institutions are taking arms and plotting [against God and Islam] and such people are considered as taking arms [against God and Islam]…

 

 

 

 

 

[1] [A brand of car in Iran]