[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 Farvardin 1338 [7 April 1959]

[Issue No.:] 9878

 

An Iranian Embassy Official in Turkey is Amongst Those Arrested on Charges of Activity Benefiting the Baha’i Sect in Turkey

Following the news of the arrest of sixty Baha’i activists in Turkey that was published by foreign news agencies, the correspondent of the Istanbul-based Melliyet Newspaper has reported from Ankara that: “During the subsequent interrogations of the Baha’is who were arrested, amongst whom 37 women were seen, it was revealed that the Baha’i organization in Turkey had been operating in secret against the current Turkish law. During the final interrogations, ten people were recognized as main offenders and an arrest warrant was issued for them. According to the detainees, the number of Baha’is in Turkey exceeds 2,000.

Among those arrested are Jamshid Derakhshan, the deputy cultural attaché of the Iranian embassy (a local embassy official), and Dr. Enayat Borhan, an Iranian citizen. The leaders of the detainees, as mentioned in previous news, are Ashrafollah Sinaei and Nosratollah Mesbah, who hold trading jobs.