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[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]


[Newspaper:] Jebheh Azadi

[Date:] 23 Farvardin 1358 [12 April 1979]

[Issue No.:] 285

[Page:] 1


Hoveyda, the Appointee of Imperialism and Zionism.

At the peak of the power of Amir Abbas Hoveyda, the prime minister of Zionism and imperialism, the editor of Jebheh Azadi Newspaper, our courageous investigator and combatant, uncovered the corruption of one of the ruling clans (Hoveyda clan) in the open letter of 20 Tir 1356 [11 July 1977], accused him of treason, and urged that he be prosecuted. This open letter was widely disseminated in Iran and in the world at large.

No one would believe that the editor of the newspaper would survive this ordeal.

About a year ago, following this action, Ghasemi published a book of 118 pages [revealing] the records of dishonesty of this family since four hundred years ago in Paris. This book was published by the Iran Party with the title of “Hoveyda, the Appointee of Imperialism and Zionism”, which was reprinted in Tehran, and for the third time was published by Raz publications. Kayhan Newspaper published it for the fourth time and quoted some sections of it.  Now that Hoveyda has met the punishment of his treason, we need to quote one or two pages of this book to familiarize you with this clan.

... Mr. Mohammad Reza Shirazi was one of the same elements that had apparently been trained and educated, and supposedly was engaged in the confectionery profession, who joined the Babis and within no time progressed and joined the elite Baha’is. The imperialist agents introduced him to (Baha’u’llah) and the alien espionage organization. Based on this acquaintance, the Shirazi confectioner youth advanced far more than many other educated people and activists, and became one of the close and intimate friends of (Baha’u’llah)