[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]
[Adopted from website:] Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA)
[Date:] 14 Shahrivar 1397 [5 September 2018]
Salavati’s Narration of Dismissal of Khalkhali, Lajevardi and the Executions (5)
The final part of IRNA Research Group’s interview with this national religious activist is as follows:
IRNA: What do you know about the activities of the Hojjatieh Society?
Salavati: They started working against the Baha’is before the Revolution. The youths in this sect pledged not to interfere in politics. The Society used to inform SAVAK of their commitments and say, “They do not interfere in politics, so you should not disturb them either”...
In Isfahan, there were 50 or 60 members of this Hojjatieh Society. I had seen the commitment [to not interfering in politics] they had made, myself. Razavi was the name of a person from SAVAK, who would show some of them during the interrogation sessions. Those from SAVAK used to say, “You accuse the people in SAVAK of irreligion. Look and see that [they] have left them (the Hojjatieh Society) to freely preach and propagate the religion (Islam) everywhere. We oppose the conspiracies and actions against the national security. We oppose the movement against the monarchy and the person of His Majesty.”
Once, before the revolution, several people from the Hojjatieh Society came to me in Yazd. They asked for an appointment with Ayatollah Sadoughi. They went to see him and said it was a private meeting. After they left the meeting, I asked one of them about the content of the meeting and he replied, “It was about the future of the country and the Islamic government”.
They used to insult the person of the Imam, too. But, little by little, as we [got] closer to the Revolution and saw that it was winning, they entered the field and started whispering “Death to the Shah” and “Long live Khomeini”.
After the victory of the Revolution, I learned that they were intending to influence and occupy all the government departments’ high-ranking positions in Isfahan; for example, the Khademi Committee, which I mentioned earlier, would raid the Baha’i homes and take away their books and documents. They amassed a large collection of Baha’i books.
I wanted to stay in Yazd after the Revolution, but I was advised to come to Isfahan. When I became the governor of Isfahan, these noises subsided...