[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:] Ettelaat

[Date:] 17 Tir 1334 [9 July 1955]

[Issue No.:] 9056

 

Today’s Court Hearing Was Marred by Strife and the Verdict Was Postponed.

When the public prosecutor’s deputy disproved the statements of one of the defence attorneys, one of the spectators interrupted him and chaos began.

The fight started with a slap on the neck, and ended up with the [involvement] of a number of spectators outside the court.

Today, while Branch 1 of the Supreme Criminal Court of Tehran was hearing the last defence of the defendants of the incident in the Village of Hormozak, in Yazd, suddenly an argument was sparked between one of the spectators and the representative of the prosecutor; as a result, a fight broke between two factions of the spectators, bringing the hearing session of the court to an abrupt end. This sudden fight caused the final verdict of the court regarding the aforementioned defendants to be postponed until tomorrow and those gathered at the Office of Justice Administration to be informed of the final verdict of the trial left without receiving any result.

 

Court hearing

The subject of today’s court hearing was [investigation of] the charges of 44 [people], accused of having participated in the incident of the Village of Hormozak in Yazd that had taken place 11 months ago, as a result [of which] six men and one woman were murdered. Different opinions regarding the motives of this event exist. Some believe that it had its roots in religious differences, and others believe that it was due to financial differences, which led to this event.

In any case, after the incident, 42 men, one woman and one gendarme were arrested and their trial took place in Branch 1 of the Supreme Criminal Court. During yesterday’s hearing, Mr. Zol-Majd Tabatabaei, as the last defence attorney of the defendants, ended his argument. Today, it had been expected that the final verdict would be received; however, today’s fight postponed the issuance of the final verdict to tomorrow…