[PROVISIONAL TRANSLATION FROM PERSIAN]

 

[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets]

[Personal information has been redacted.]

 

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The Prime Minister

[Number:] 280

[Date:] 27 Ordibehesht 1320 [17 May 1941]

 

[Excerpt from a decoded telegram from the honourable minister of justice, from Ahvaz, 27 Ordibehesht 1320 (17 May 1941)]

279 [?] I have personally and completely investigated the head of the Department of Education [and allegation of his] Baha’i propagation activities through the police, governor, the heads of government departments and other individuals. The chief of police believes that although he does not at all identify himself as a Baha’i, and is neither propagating [any religion], nor has he been seen participating in the Baha’i activities, some people consider him to be Baha’i. As a result, police [have] kept him and his wife, who is an educated woman and some people consider her guilty [of being Baha’i], under surveillance. Also, a majority of the people consider him to be open-minded, interested in cultural work and enlightening the minds [of students]. Therefore, it is quite probable that for these reasons, people accuse him of this characteristic [being Baha’i]. I also interrogated him.  He expresses that he is completely uninterested in this sect; to prove his point, he relies on the words of the government officials and the records of his previous educational work. In conclusion, he is a cautious, wise and educated person, who is not involved in propagations of the Baha’is, particularly [since] the number of Baha’is in Ahvaz does not exceed thirty, and, according to the police information, they do not have any administrative body. Only in the early days of Ordibehesht [April] that coincide with one of the Baha’i celebrations, his wife was seen in the house of the Colonel Khazei, who is a Baha’i, and offered congratulations to them. The police have been given necessary instructions and the [head of the Department of Education] is also mindful about his own conduct.  Number 5 circular

 

The Minister of Justice