[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]
[Date:] Thursday 17 Dey 1360 [7 January 1982] - 11 Rabi al-Aval 1402
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Iran [stated]:
The Eight Executed Baha’is Were Members of the Spy Network of the National Assembly of the Baha’is.
In the Islamic Republic no person is put on trial, or executed, solely because of their religious belief.
The Head of the Supreme Court of Iran stated in an interview, that in the Islamic Republic, no person is put on trial solely because of their religious belief. The eight members of the underground spy network of the National Assembly of Baha’is were tried and executed, based on their crimes of spying and acting to support the enemy and therefore against the Islamic Republic.
In a short interview with the reporter of the Islamic Republic News Service, Ayatollah Mousavi-Ardabili, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Iran and a member of the Supreme Judicial Council, responded to the question “As it appears that recently eight members of the National Assembly of the Baha’is were executed, what is your opinion?” He said: “I was asked this question another time and the question implied that these eight people were killed because of being Baha’i. I said that I believed this was a lie, and my response was based on the fact that in the Islamic Republic it is not intended that anyone to be tried and killed solely because of their religious belief. And when I later put this question to the Revolutionary Court, it became clear that some members of this group were on trial and then executed based on crimes of spying and acting in support of the enemy and therefore against the Islamic Republic. Their execution was owing to this matter, and not based on the fact that they are Baha’is.”