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21/7/87 [12 October 2008]


File Number:  87-7/2-949


Mr. Ghorbani

Esteemed Chief Justice of Branch 206 of the Court of Law of Tehran

In response to your inquiry reference 439/206/87, dated 31/6/1387 [21 September 2008], the consultative judgment of the Central Office for Legal, Documentation and Translation Affairs of the judiciary is stated as follows:


1. Laws and regulations which apply to the Shia [Muslims] in Iran are likewise applicable to the followers of other sects and beliefs who are not officially recognized by the state.  Accordingly, with regard to certification of decree of heirship, division of property and other such personal matters, laws and regulations that apply to Iranian Shias also apply to these people.

2. Issuance of certification for a decree of heirship does not constitute official recognition of such sects and beliefs.

3. In light of the above, this district’s answer to your inquiry is obviated [May imply that the decree of heirship is applicable to the Bahá’ís also].\N

General Director of Legal, Documentation and Translation Affairs of the Judiciary

Ghulam-Reza Shahri