[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:] Kayhan

[Date:] 4 Azar 1358 [25 November 1979]

[Issue No.:] 10865

[Page:] 9

 

Ex- Prosecutor for the Army: “I had knowledge of the plan for the assassination of Monsour and did not disclose it”

Yesterday, the follow-up to the tenth session of the prosecution of five ex-army commanders by Branch 1 of the Central Islamic Revolutionary Court was held at Evin Prison.

At the start of the meeting, the head of the court requested the second defendant—the retired Major General Abbas Sadoughi, the former prosecutor for the army—to present his closing argument…

…In response to the question of the head of the court, who was asking him to explain the reason why he told Colonel [Biglari] to kiss the hand of the defence minister, the accused said, “The aforementioned colonel was accusing the defence minister of Bahaism. However, there was no doubt of the defence minister’s benevolence, courtesy and philanthropy. I wish all those whose actions are very much anti-humanitarian and who were dancing to the wishes of the regime were not Muslims, [but], like him, were Baha’is. Since the aforementioned colonel had a personal hostility towards the defence minister, he had seriously struggled with him. His case had become a serious one and the shah himself had instructed that he be prosecuted. I just wanted to resolve the problem, which did not work…”