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


[Newspaper:] Kayhan

[Date:] Wednesday, 3 Tir 1360 - 21 Sha’ban 1401 - 23 June 1981

[Issue No.:] 11316

[Page:] 15


Four Zionists [Zionism] agents, and a perpetrator of the recent incidents, were executed by firing squad

Tehran - Pars Broadcasting Service

Public Relations Department of the Central Revolutionary Public Prosecutors of the Islamic Republic, in relation to the execution of five corruptors, released the following statement last night:

In the Name of God

“They shall have hell for their resting place, and over them shall be sheets [of fire], and thus do We requite the wrongdoers”. Surah Al-A’raf - verse 40

[This is to] inform the victorious and Muslim nation of Iran...

... along with four devotees of the former treacherous regime, the Zionists and the defenders and collaborators of the Quds-occupying regime [Israel], were sentenced to death. The sentences issued were carried out in the early morning of Tuesday, 2 Tir [23 June1981] in the courtyard of Evin Prison, where the convicts were delivered to the firing squad. The names and the criminal charges of the executed individuals are announced as follows: ...

... 2. Mr. Badiollah  Farid, the eldest son of collaborators of the murderous Zionism, guilty of membership in the Spiritual Feast Committee and The Committee of Region Seven of Tehran, membership in the Legal Commission of the perverse [Baha’i] sect, which has been assisting the Quds-occupying regime [Israel] and conducting activities against the regime of the Islamic Republic; traveling to [the United States of] America and the United Kingdom; contacting the leaders of the perverted [Baha’i] sect; writing a treatise on “Mysticism and Action” in relation to the perverse [Baha’i] sect; and providing financial support to the Quds-occupying and corrupt regime; was identified as an enemy of God and condemned to death.

3. Mr. Yadollah Poustchi, son of Gholam Hossein, a member of the leadership group of the perverse [Baha’i] sect, guilty of collaborating with the Quds-occupying regime [Israel] and making multiple trips to foreign countries; providing enormous financial support to strengthen that regime; plotting against the regime of the Islamic Republic, and providing full and unconditional support to the perverse [Baha’i] sect; was identified as corruptor on earth and the true exemplar of the enemy of God, and was condemned to death. 

4.[Dr.] Masih Farhangi Sabet, son of Abdor-Rahim, a member of the leadership group and one of the active heads of the perverse [Baha’i] sect of the Zionist organization in the Asian continent; guilty of espionage in favour of international Zionism and having communication with the Quds-occupying Zionist state [Israel]; undertaking extensive travels to different countries of the world in order to mislead the Muslims and draw attention to the perverse [Baha’i] sect, and sending reports to Haifa; taking action against the Islamic Republic and fully supporting the Zionist regime’s disgraceful crimes; was identified as a clear example of the corruptor on earth, an enemy of God and a rebel against the Islamic government, and was sentenced to death.

5. Varqa Tebyanian son of Ghorban-Ali, guilty of effective and selfless activities in the perverse [Baha’i] sect of Zionist organizations; intellectual and financial nourishment of this sect to promote and consolidate its anti-Islamic ideology; having connections with mercenary agents of Zionism and spying for global Zionism; providing financial and material support to the Quds-occupying regime [Israel]; was identified as corruptor on earth and true enemy of God, rebel and apostate, and was sentenced to death.

May the Islamic Republic, the ultimate goal of the martyrs of the revolution, be purged from the sabotage of these mercenary parasites, and the true path of Islam towards humankind be paved.

Public Relations Department of the Central Revolutionary Public Prosecutors of the Islamic Republic