[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:] Ettelaat

[Date:] Monday, 10 Azar 1359 [1 December 1980]

[Issue No.:] 16300

[Page:] 9


Trial of Nader Batmanghelich Has Begun at the Revolutionary Court

Trial of Nader Batmanghelich at the Revolutionary Court

Yesterday morning, Branch 1 of the Islamic Revolutionary Court in the Central Province convened to hear the charges against the retired Lieutenant General Nader Batmanghelich, the army chief of staff during the coup of 28 Mordad [19 August], as well as those against Fereydoon Batmanghelich, the owner of the Ice Palace Club…

…defendant’s statement…

When the Baha’is were gaining increasing influence, and I personally held a pickaxe and destroyed a section of the Haziratu’l-Quds [Baha’i Centre]—a file containing photographs is available which I am submitting to the Court—my act caused the United States and Britain to take certain actions against me, and consequently they harmed my family. My concern here is a wrongful judgment. I am not afraid of death; time and again at nights here in this prison where I sleep, I plead with God to take away my unworthy life as soon as possible.

Continuation of Batmanghelich’s hearing was adjourned to today.