[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]

 

[Newspaper:] Kayhan

[Date:] 23 Khordad 1334 [14 June 1955]

[Issue No.:] 4194

 

To Investigate the Incident of Sakhvi[d] Village of Yazd, the Magistrate’s Investigator Will Soon Go to Yazd to Prosecute Instigators and Accused of the Murder of Seven Residents of Hormozak Village.

Some Gendarmes and Local Residents Involved in the Murder will be Prosecuted - By the Instructions of the Supreme Court of Justice, the Case Was Sent From the Yazd Prosecutor’s Office to the Prosecutor’s Office of Tehran.

As the readers have been informed, on 5 Khordad, 1334 [27 May 1955], when the propaganda and combat against the Baha’i sect continued, a bloody incident took place in the Village of Hormozak, which has about 15 families and is said to be inhabited by the Baha’is, which led to the killing of six Baha’i men and one woman.

According to the indictment, the residents of Khosrow’s Farm complained to the government after the propaganda against the Baha’is intensified, that “since we perform our prayer, and the entrance of the Hormozak people, who are Baha’is, into our baths (explaining that there is no bath in Hormozak Village according to the contents of the file), it is contrary to our purity and cleanliness; therefore, prevent the residents of the said village from entering this bath.” But since there was no other bath in that area, there was no other solution except to leave the case unattended.

 

Disorder and Chaos

This situation continued until, sometime later, a girl who was apparently a Baha’i and the bride of a person called Jafar, who was [also] a Baha’i, went to the public bath of Khosrow’s Farm. But those in the bath prevented her from entering and the sedition and chaos started from there, since the Baha’is insisted on going to the public bath. As a result, anger had arisen among the Muslims of the Village of Sakhvi[d] of Yazd and the Khosrow’s Farm, and they gathered as a group and attacked to punish the Hormozak Village residents. Their going to the Hormozak Village became tantamount to the killing of the seven Baha’is.

The matter was reported to the Isfahan army legion, and immediately a large number of tanks, armaments and soldiers were dispatched to restore order to the mentioned villages. About 44 people were arrested on charges of murder. After the completion of the investigations, the case was sent from Yazd to the Tehran Criminal Court, and the court was convened on 19 Tir 1335 [10 July 1956], presided over by the late Nematollahi, then the head of the court. As a result, 23 accused individuals from the village and 21 others were convicted.

 

Prosecution of the Instigators and Other Defendants

Today, our correspondent was informed that, since the case was open to other instigators and defendants in this case, the Supreme Court considered the case to be within the jurisdiction of the Tehran Prosecutor’s Office, and therefore the case was sent from the Prosecutor’s Office of Yazd to the Prosecutor’s Office of Tehran.

Four days ago, the case was handed over to Branch 16 for investigation, and Mr. Rafijah, the investigator of the said Branch, is busy studying the case.

It is highly probable that Mr. Rafijah, the investigator, and Nazardad, the secretary of the mentioned Branch, will soon go to the scene of the incident to complete the local investigations.

It is said that some of the gendarmes who were involved in the incident in the Hormozak Village incident will be prosecuted.