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Ministry of Justice - Esteemed Supreme Judicial Council of the Islamic Republic of Iran
We respectfully inform you of the following:
On the orders of the Revolutionary Religious Court of the Islamic Republic in Yazd, Mr. Nourollah Akhtar-Khavari, Mr. Azizollah Zabihian, Mr. Jalal Mostaghim, Mr. Fereidoun Faridani, Mr. Mahmoud Hasanzadeh, Mr. Abdol-Ali Motahhari, and Mr. Abdol-Vahhab Kazemi[-Manshadi], who were Baha’is from the City of Yazd and its surrounding areas, were executed on 17 Shahrivar 1359 [8 September 1980] based on fictional and baseless accusations of opposition to the government of the Islamic Republic and spying and relationship with Zionism. [Their execution] brought shock and bereavement upon their families and the Baha’i communities in Iran and around the world. God, praised be His Glory, says in the holy Quran:
O you who have believed, be persistently standing firm in justice, witnesses for Allah, even if it be against yourselves or parents and relatives. Whether one is rich or poor, Allah is more worthy of both. [Quran 4:135]
This heavenly teaching must be the greatest foundation for judgment at the courts of the luminous religion [of Islam]. Based on their unequivocal religious teachings, Baha’is are obedient to the government and are forbidden from interfering in political affairs. A sufficient [evidence of] the truth of this point are the writings contained in the Baha’i books that have been taken from Baha’i administrative centres and homes of the Baha’is throughout Iran during the regime of the Islamic Republic. These books are available to all of the relevant authorities. If the judicial authorities studied these writings, they would not issue such orders. There are no religious or legal reasons or evidence in the case to validate the claims of the prosecutor or provide a basis for the order issued by the Revolutionary Court of the Islamic Republic in Yazd.
The order to execute these oppressed ones has been issued based solely on religious prejudice, and those who have perpetrated this act will be held accountable by God and by His Messenger.
The Baha’is of Iran, who believe in the oneness of God and the truth of all Messengers, and His Highness Mohammad Mostafa [Prophet Mohammad] (peace be upon Him) and also believe in the truth of the pure Imams, peace be upon Them, who are the rightful Heirs of His Highness, have endured various calamities under the pressure of religious prejudice in the sacred country of Iran for 137 years. It is astonishing that during the regime of the Islamic Republic, the Baha’i community of Iran, which is the country’s largest religious minority and whose numbers are much greater than the total of all other religious minorities, has also fallen under various injuries, and prejudiced individuals have not refrained from burning their homes and killing them and taking their belongings. With the reinforcement that is given to these prejudiced individuals by some of the authorities of the government of Islamic justice, the Baha’is are facing grave dangers and have no protection for their life or property. We beseech your esteemed authority to retrieve and review the files of the oppressed and innocent persons who were executed, and not to allow the judicial authorities of the government of Islamic justice to act in contradiction to religious and legal standards, and in so doing put a stain upon the reputation of the Islamic government in the sacred country of Iran and within the international community. Be just; that is nearer to righteousness [Quran 5:8].
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