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(Privately held company)
Tehran – [Address]
Telegraphic title: (Omana Co)
Date: 26 Shahrivar 1358 [17 September 1979]
To Ayatollah Ghoddousi, Prosecutor General of the Iranian Revolution
Respectfully, this is to convey that on the 17, 18 and 19 of this month of Shahrivar a group of anarchists and hooligans in Shiraz, with prior planning, attacked the House of the Bab, located at the Shamshirgar Alley, and destroyed it. By doing so, they broke the hearts of the Baha’is in Iran and those living in over 96,000 localities around the world.
You are aware that the properties belonging to this Corporation were confiscated and sealed off by order of the Revolutionary Court of Tehran, dated 18 Khordad 1358 [8 June 1979], and the Mostazafan Foundation, which had been entrusted with this responsibility, appointed Mr. Alavizadeh in Shiraz to protect and safeguard [the property]. Mr. Alavizadeh, in turn, went to the area and visited the said House and the homes around it, which have been under the control of the local Committee, and even demanded the clothes of the Bab. Unfortunately, however, despite the position given to him, not only did he not carry out his mission to protect the property, he also prevented the Mostazafan Foundation from intervening when the representatives of the Company sought its assistance. And thus, the House that is sacred to the Baha’is of the world was subject to demolition and was destroyed, and there were further difficulties created for the residents of the surrounding homes where roughly two-hundred Baha’is of Shiraz live in humble abodes.
Given that the file on the destruction of the said House has been sent from the Prosecutor’s Office in Shiraz to the Revolutionary Prosecutor’s Office in Shiraz, we ask that you order that a writ be issued concerning this file to allow the representatives of the Company to take immediate action to restore and protect the building, and then take necessary action to prosecute the perpetrators and finalize the file.
With respectful greetings,