[PROVISIONAL TRANSLATION FROM PERSIAN]

 

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4 Mordad 1358 [26 July 1979]

 

Mr. Ahmad Sadr Haj Seyyed Javadi, esteemed Minister of Justice

The following is respectfully conveyed for the information of Your Excellency. Several letters have so far been sent to you, pleading for justice in relation to the forcible expropriation of Holy Places and properties of the Baha’i community. Sadly however, there has been no result and the intensity and severity of the aggressors’ actions are increasing day by day; they have become bolder, to the extent that they have continued these offences irreparably. And it is not clear what benefit they receive from these transgressions and what benefit they gain.

An example is a house in Arak, which belonged to a Baha’i family of seven, including the husband and wife, children and even an infant. Approximately sixty years ago, aggressors attacked the subject house at night and killed and beheaded all of [the inhabitants] in the most deplorable manner while they were asleep. Owing to a lack of security in those days and the lack of a place to bury them [the deceased], they were buried in that same house.

Recently, the aggressors attacked the subject house with a bulldozer, exhumed the bones of the corpses and leveled the building, and they constantly continue their aggressive actions. Such operations are considered as a sin in the ruling about destroying graves and in the holy law of Islam, and it is also a crime from a legal point of view. Since actions such as the destruction of graves are considered as “sin” in the holy religion of Islam, and also “crimes” from the legal point of view, the issues are hereby conveyed so that you can instruct at your discretion to have the matter investigated with justice and equity, and to strictly prevent such irregular actions.

 

With utmost respect,

The Baha’i Community of Iran

Dr. Hosein Naji

Manouher Ghaem-Maghami

 

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