[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:] 19 Tir 1335 [10 July 1956]

[Issue No.:] 1279

 

At the Supreme Criminal Court:

The Supreme Criminal Court’s ruling on 24 people who have been charged with the murder of the Baha’is was handed down. Twenty-three of them were acquitted due to lack of grounds, 21 people were sentenced to seven months’ to four years’ imprisonment, and three of the defendants are kept in the correctional centre.

The last hearing for 24 people who are charged with the murder of seven Baha’is in the Hormozak village of Yazd, ended at 10:00 in the morning yesterday.

At this juncture, the head of the court concluded the end of the prosecution and members of the court immediately went to the consulting room and engaged in consultation. 

The consultation took till 6:45 in the afternoon. Since 6:00 p.m. yesterday, a large group of spectators had gradually been turning up at the Criminal Court’s hall to hear the court’s judgement. At 6:30 p.m., the court officials brought the defendants to the court.

Only two of the defendants’ attorneys were present in court. At 7:00 p.m., the head of the court, along with members of the court and the prosecutor’s representative, entered the courtroom. The audience rose up in respect for the court. The court clerk read out the contents of the ruling. When the introduction to the ruling was being read, all defendants’ hearts were palpitating and Khavar, one of the defendants, had tears in their eyes.

Since the full text of the ruling is lengthy, I will postpone its publication to the next issue, but this is a summary of the court order.

The accused were 44 people, of whom 23 were acquitted due to lack of evidence. Banoo Khavar and Gendarme were among the acquitted. Twenty-one people were sentenced to seven months of correctional prison to four years’ imprisonment with [hard labour]. Three of the 21 people, who are under eighteen years of age, were sentenced to one year of imprisonment in the correctional centre. All appealed the court order.

The interesting thing is that after reading the court order, the convicts’ wives and children moaned and cried and pleaded with the members of the court, but moaning and crying was of no avail; however, Banoo Khavar left the courtroom smiling, and immediately their freedom was facilitated by the gendarme..