[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]
[Adapted from website:] Jaras
[Date:] 6 Khordad 1393 [27 May 2014]
Abdol-Hamid Masoumi-Tehrani was Summoned to a Special Court for Clergy.
Jaras – A written summons was issued by Branch 1 of the Special Court for Clergy of Tehran to Abdol-Hamid Masoumi-Tehrani to appear in court on 11 Khordad [1 June]. In the text of this summons, “Defendant” has been stipulated as the reason for his presence.
According to Jaras reports, Abdol-Hamid Masoumi-Tehrani, a civil activist, painter and cleric, has so far been arrested three times by the security forces of the Islamic Republic. In his last imprisonment, he spent four months in Evin Prison, three of which were in Ward 240 and one month in Ward 209.
In 1384/2005, he donated a manuscript of the Psalms of David, which he had calligraphized and gilded in both Persian and Hebrew, to console and sympathize with the survivors of 9/11, which is now being kept in the Library of Congress.
At the beginning of 1393 , in a symbolic act, he presented the Baha’is with a gilded symbol and a section of a verse from the Kitab-i Aqdas [Holy Book] of the Baha’is, which he wrote in calligraphy. He expressed his sympathy to the Baha’is for the atrocities committed against them due to religious prejudices and issued a statement in this regard: “With utmost brotherly kindness, this feeble one calls upon all my dear fellow citizens from every religion, belief and walk of life who may hear my words, to evince love and affection, friendship and kindliness, mercy and compassion, forgiveness and empathy, care and solidarity, helpfulness and support, and to respect the life, possessions and dignity of others. Now that we are at the start of a new spring season, it behoves us to contemplate our patterns of thoughts, wash away the dross that is the tendency to think in stereotypes about one another, and to extend the hand of love and assistance towards that which is human in each one of us, so that we and our future generations may reap, within the framework of thought as citizens, the bounties that accrue from solidarity and coexistence and the blessings and life-force that they bestow. Let us reject, then, those who through their wealth, power, and deceit aim to make us, in various forms, as enemies towards one another and to induce us to violate each other’s possessions, life and dignity.”
Special Court of Clergy
In the Name of God
Islamic Republic of Iran
Writ of Summons
File Number: 921120670
Date: 30 Khordad 1393 [20 June 2014]
Details of the Person Summoned:
2- Surname: Masoumi
3- Father’s Name: Hosein
4- Occupation: -----
5- National Code: ------
6- Address: [ redacted]
Date of attendance: Sunday, 11 Khordad 1393 [1 June 2014]
Time: 9 a.m.
Location of attendance: Branch 1 of the Special Court for Clergy of Tehran [address]
Reason for attendance: -----
Arrive at the appointed time as Defendant
(If the summoned person does not appear at the appointed time without a valid excuse, a warrant of arrest will be issued)
Signature and Position of Judicial Assistant to Branch 1 of the Office of Public Prosecutor
[Signature – 30 Ordibehesht 1393 [20 May 1993]]
Place of Signature or Fingerprint of the recipient of the summons:
Name: ------- Surname: ------ Relationship to the Summoned: ------ Date and Signature: -----
Place of Notification of the Officer in Charge ------
Date: 4 Mordad 1393 [25 May 2014] refer to the mentioned address: Page: First, according to Article 68 of the Civil Litigation Code of Procedure - Delivered and stamped.
Name and surname of the process server: [signature]
[Stamp] Process server code: 1166
Name and surname of the process server: -----
Signature and Code of the process server: -----
A valid ID card is required when attending.