[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:] Daad

[Date:] 24 Ordibehesht 1335 [14 May 1956]

[Issue No.:] 3524

 

44 Peasants of Sakhoieh [Sakhvid] Village Tried Yesterday for Allegedly Killing 8 Baha’is

The first court hearing of the 44 accused of murdering eight Baha’is took place yesterday in Branch 1 of the Superior Criminal Court, presided over by Mr. Nematollahi and in the presence of the deputy prosecutor, defence attorneys for the accused and a private appellant.

The 44 accused are ordinary people and peasants from the Village of Sakhoieh [Sakhvid], one of the surrounding villages of Poshte Koh in Yazd. Last year during the month of Ramadan, a dispute broke out over a run-down bathhouse between them and a group of Baha’is, resulting in the murder of eight Baha’is.

On the day of the incident, the accused were so overcome by emotions and provocations that, over a small issue, they attacked a group of Baha’is who were at the bathhouse, and murdered them.

At the beginning of the hearing yesterday, the identities of the accused were established and the trial continued to the end of the day.