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[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]
[Newspaper:] Kayhan Published in London
[Date:] Thursday, 8 Mordad 1377 [30 July 1998] 6 Rabi ‘ath-Thani 1419
[Issue No:] 717
A Baha’i Was Executed in Iran
The Baha’i Community of France announced that, following the execution of a Baha’i in Iran, three other Baha’is, who are imprisoned in Mashhad, are in danger of execution.
According to this report, Rouhollah Rowhani was executed three weeks ago, just because of following the Baha’i Faith. Currently, Hamid Nasirizadeh, Sirous Zabihi Moghaddam and Hedayat Kashefi Nahjafabadi, who were arrested ten months ago with Rouhollah Rowhani, are in danger of execution. They were tried once in Mashhad and sentenced to execution, but the Supreme Court, owing to defects in the hearing process, repeated the trial. In the court of appeal they were not permitted to have a lawyer.
James Rubin, assistant secretary for public affairs and spokesman for the U.S. Department of State, strongly condemned the execution of Mr. Rouhollah Rowhani and urged the Islamic Republic to protect the lives of 15 prisoners, at least seven of whom have been condemned to execution.
Rubin said, “President Clinton and Madeleine Albright have made it clear that religious freedom is one of the fundamental [principles] of the American human rights policy in Iran.” He added, “Restrictions imposed on religious followers will have abundant effects on our future dialogues with the Islamic Republic.”
The Islamic Republic has rejected all charges, and declared that the news of the execution of this Baha’i is merely a false news.