[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:] 24 Farvardin 1359 [13 April 1980]

[Issue No.:] 10971

[Page:] 10

 

The Complete Interviews of the Imam in Kayhan – 6 –

…Imam: I’m asking the American people to take action in favour of the Iranian people soonest…

Q - In an Islamic government, would the elected people be religious leaders, or would everybody have a chance to be elected, irrespective of their religious or political views?

A - The individuals must be honest and religious, and/or those who have Islamic views and are religious. But non-Muslims, religious minorities, [will] have their own votes; consequently, they will choose according their own rights.

Q - Is there religious and political freedom for Baha’is in the next government?

A - Freedom will not be given to those people who are harmful to the country. 

Q - Will some freedom be given to them [Baha’is] to observe their ceremonies?

A – No.