[PROVISIONAL TRANSLATION FROM PERSIAN]

 

[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets]

[Personal information has been redacted.]

 

In the Name of God

Esteemed Dr. Ghasemi, the Esteemed Prosecutor in Dena

Greetings

Respectfully, regarding the lands located on the outskirts of Kata Village, Sadat Mahmudi region, Pataveh District, including dry farmland [no irrigation, cultivated by dry farming], rice fields and the lands of national resources around the village, on behalf of the people of Sadat Mahmudi, we, the following signatories, submit and would like to draw the blessed attention of the distinguished Judicial Council to the following points for [the purpose of] taking appropriate action:

  1. Before the Islamic Revolution in Iran, most of the people in the villages of Kata, Darreh Shur, Margh-e Chenar, Gowdelan and Garuzeh in the Sadat Mahmudi region were followers of the perverse Baha’i sect, because the level of awareness of the people of the region about this sect was low. Due to ethnocentric feelings and emotions, there was a tangible connection between the Muslims of the region and the Baha’is.

In 1339 [1960], for the first time, two clerical students from the region went to seminaries to acquire religious sciences, and other clerical students entered the seminaries in the region in the following years. Then, while guiding the deceived people of this puppet sect and preventing their propaganda influence, the clerical students informed the people of Sadat about their religious and moral duties and invited prominent clergymen and scholars, such as the late Ayatollah Malek-Hoseini from Shiraz and Hojatoleslam Haj Agha Ebrahimi from Isfahan, to the region. Fortunately, the clerical students succeeded in guiding several misled members of this sect and freed them from the shackles of perversion. They led them to the true religion of Islam and declared that the followers of this sect were kafir[1] and najis[2].

In 1351 [1972] Haj Agha Ebrahimi prepared an affidavit and had it signed by the trusted leaders and elders of Sadat Mahmudi. [That document] prohibited any marital relationship, dealings and association with followers of the Baha’i sect. Despite their influence in the security system and their strengthening by Amir Abbas Hoveyda, the then prime minister, in 1351 [1972], an anti-Baha’ism insurgency was begun in the region, and in 1356 [1977] and 1357 [1978], due to anti-government demonstrations in the cities of the country and the weakening of the Intelligence and Security Agency (SAVAK) in Iran, the scope of opposition to the Baha’i sect in Sadat Mahmudi region increased and became more obvious.

In the spring of 1358 [1979], with the victory of the Revolution and the establishment of the Islamic Republic in Iran, by the order of Ayatollah Malek-Hoseini and in consultation with the clergymen and leaders of Sadat Mahmudi region, under the personal command of Key Habib Bahador, gunmen surrounded the Village of Kata. The followers of the perverse sect, at the behest of the cunning and deceiving leaders of the Baha’i sect’s organization based in Isfahan, they [Baha’is] took the opportunity to declare that they had converted to Islam. By this trick, they saved their lives, and after breaking the siege and liberating the village, they fled to different cities. Many of them settled in Mahyar, Isfahan.

  1. With the victory of the Revolution and the formation of the Agricultural Land Committee and the departure of the Baha’is, the Village of Kata was handed over to the people of Sadat Mahmudi and the proceeds were handed over to the [Islamic] Revolution Committee.
  2. Kata Village, with abundant water and soil suitable for agriculture, attracted the attention of most neighbouring tribes. In this regard, in 1360 [1981], Ayatollah Malek-Hoseini, while warning all tribes, wrote a letter to the elders of Sadat Mahmudi and stated that the property of the fleeing Baha’is belonged to the people of Sadat Mahmudi, and non-Sadat people had no right to occupy them.
  3. Because the Baha’is knew that it would not be easy to get their property back from the Sadat Mahmudi Muslims under any circumstances, they thought of a solution and entered into a false agreement with four members of the Jalaleie tribe, one of Sadat Mahmudi’s neighbouring tribes. These four members were: 1- Bazali Khalili Moghaddam, 2- Lohrasb Boyer, 3- Esfandiar Shayan-Munawar, and 4- Azizollah Dadi. After completion of the false contracts between the Baha’is and the four mentioned people, they left for Kata Village with their families. Supported by two opposing sides with two different objectives, the four were able to arbitrarily seize many other lands of the fleeing Baha’is in addition to the lands they had seized under the false agreement. Supporters of the aforementioned Jalaleie: “A”- Because the Baha’is had all the worthless letters of all their [false] deals with them, they hoped, if opportunity arose, to return to their village, and to take over their property in accordance with the false agreements. Also, in order to create discord and divisions among the Muslims, they did not hesitate to give them any kind of evidence in return for the worthless letters. “B” - The elders of Sadat Mahmudi, who wanted to cleanse the region of this wicked ideology, in turn, supported the aforementioned four men.
  4. The opponents of the Jalalehs of the Village of Kata (four families) were the clergymen of the Sadat Mahmudi region, who learned of their secret consultation with the Baha’is. From the very beginning, when [those clergymen] entered the Village of Kata, they began to oppose [the Jalalehs] and exposed their dealings. With the pursuit of the clergymen of Sadat Mahmudi District, these transactions were declared invalid and prohibited by the judicial authorities and the representative of the supreme leader in the province. The four buyers were arrested while their transactions were void and worthless; each was sentenced to several lashes.
  5. After the cancellation of the transactions between some of the fleeing Baha’is and the Jalalehs by the competent judicial authorities, the Execution of the Imam Khomeini’s Order [EIKO] in Fars took possession of parts of these properties. With the consultation of the clergymen of Sadat Mahmudi region, [those properties] were divided among the Muslims living in the Village of Kata and the families of the martyrs and veterans in Sadat Mahmudi and handed over to them in the form of leases. But why the families of the martyrs, veterans and prisoners did not stay in the Village of Kata, and [instead] left the place, is a mystery, which can only be explained by them.
  6. [After the abandonment of] these lands by the families of martyrs, prisoners and veterans and with the indifference of the people of the region, once again the hands of the Jalalehs were left free to seize even more lands and properties, and they also took advantage of the opportunity to bring some of their relatives to the Village of Kata. Initially, there were only four families; now, more than seventy Jalaleh families live in the Village of Kata.

On the one hand, the Jalalehs, by their two-faced action, were acting in unison with the fleeing Baha’is and had a very close relationship with them, leasing their lands and paying them earnings; on the other hand, with innocent faces before the officials, especially the office of Ayatollah Malek-Hoseini, they presented themselves as tireless fighters against the Baha’i sect. They said that they had ousted the Baha’is, while they had even purchased meat with non-Islamic slaughtering rites from a Baha’i butcher, for themselves, their families and guests. As you have heard, Baha’is absconded in 1358 [1979] and the Jalalehs arrived to live in the Village of Kata in 1363 [1984], This time interval by itself is a strong reason for rejecting the claims of the Jalalehs regarding the flight of the Baha’is.

  1. Due to the geographical location of Kata Village and the placement of two large rivers, known as Shilaneh and Khorasan, in the vicinity of national resource lands around this village, in 1390 [2011], by the order of the then governor general, the office of Jihad Agricultural Land Affairs of the province started the study of national resource lands around the two rivers for irrigation by water-pumping and turning it into agricultural lands. Finally, out of the land of national resources with an existing area of two thousand hectares, seven hundred hectares were found suitable for conversion from national resources to agriculture. Part of that was in the environmentally protected area, while the work of exchange and the legal approval of the relevant departments had not yet been completed. As the Jalaleh gentlemen were informed of the decision of the provincial authorities, they destroyed and seized national resources at night, which provoked the people of Sadat Mahmudi, especially the youth, who wanted to stop their illegal work. Had it not been for the call for calm by the clergymen and elders of Sadat Mahmudi, there would have been clashes and quarrels. God forbid, murder and bloodshed between the tribes would not have been unexpected.

In order to prevent seizure of the land, the clergymen and trustees of Sadat Mahmudi submitted written letters to the then prosecutor of Dena City in order to prevent and deal with the violators legally. According to the order of the esteemed prosecutor, the officers of the Natural Resources Department arrived at the scene and identified the offenders and introduced them to the prosecutor's office. The investigation indicates that this act in itself is a reason for their delinquency.

  1. The claim of the people of Sadat Mahmudi regarding the lands and properties of the fleeing Baha’is of Kata Village [is as follows:]

Firstly, the Village of Kata and the surrounding lands and resources were part of the property of Sadat’s great ancestor (Imamzadeh Mahmoud Tayyar), and some other property was left by the other ancestors of Sadat Mahmoudi, so the right of priority to engage and to occupy is with the people of Sadat Mahmudi.

Secondly, the people of Sadat Mahmoudi caused the Baha’is to abscond, and if their property was considered booty, it should be divided among the people of Sadat Mahmoudi.

Thirdly, the Baha’is of Kata Village are blood relatives of the people of Sadat Mahmudi, and according to the fatwas of clergymen and religious scholars, the people of Sadat Mahmudi are more deserving of that property than the outsiders, and this property should be given to the people of Sadat Mahmudi.

Fourthly, the lands of the national resources on the outskirts of the Village of Kata were commonly owned by the entire Sadat Mahmudi tribe as their spring country quarters―and there still remains the traces of their abodes (the place of tents and camps). Even though the relevant authorities may want to implement the decision of the former governor to turn the lands into irrigated agricultural lands, all these lands, in consultation with the clergymen and trustees of the region, should be handed over to the esteemed job seekers and qualified people of Sadat Mahmudi.

  1. The agricultural lands of Kata Village and the national resources around this village are divided into seven categories according to their occupiers.

1. The lands belonging to the fleeing Baha’is, some of whom tried to sell their plots to the Jalalehs, whose false transactions were annulled by the judiciary and whose documents were declared invalid.

2. The lands of the fleeing Baha’is which have not been sold and which the Jalalehs have arbitrarily seized without any evidence, or which they possess by paying income.

3. The lands of the fleeing Baha’is which were seized by the Baha’is living in Kata.

4- The lands of the Baha’is living in Kata which are in their possession.

5- The land that is in the possession of the Execution of the Imam Khomeini’s Order [EIKO].

6- National resource lands on the outskirts of Kata Village, which are to be irrigated by water pumping.

7- The lands that were sold as property of others, near the Shilaneh River for fish farming by some Jalalehs with the personal coordination of the Baha’i leaders, to several profiteers and opportunists from the Lardegan of Chaharmahal Bakhtiari. It should be noted that the Jalaleh salesmen received sums of money from the buyers for the sale of these lands, then introduced them to the above-mentioned Baha’i, and by paying a sum to the Baha’i, they used his deed of cultivated land, and transferred part of his previous provision and giving an illegal transaction a legal religious status. With regard to this, the people of Sadat Mahmudi are very worried and protest against the current situation and the division of their ancestral inherited land, and they plead with the esteemed prosecutor, relevant officials and high judicial authorities, especially members of the Dena Provincial Security Council, to take the necessary and wise measures with foresight to prevent the infiltration of profiteers and land grabbers and, most importantly, to prevent divisions between tribes.

 

Copied to:

1- Governorate of Dena City

2- Headquarters of the police force of Dena

3- Head of Central Bureau of Investigation of Dena City

4- Head of Department of Natural Resources of Dena City

5- Head of Agricultural Jihad in Dena City

6- Execution of Iman Khomeini’s Order (EIKO)

 

With greetings,

A group of clergymen and trustees of Sadat Mahmoud

[Eleven signatures]

 

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[Signature]

29 Shahrivar 1396 [20 September 2017]

 

[1] [Kafir:  Infidels]

[2] [Najis:  Ritually impure/unclean]