[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:] Mehr-e Iran

[Date:] 23 Khordad 1335 [13 June 1956]

[Issue No.:] 325

 

In the Supreme Criminal Court

Yesterday, the criminal trial began of 44 individuals from the Village of Sakhvid of Yazd, who are accused of murdering seven Baha’is.

One of the accused said, “I lost six of my relatives in this fight”. The fight began as a Baha’i woman bathed in the village bath.

Yesterday at 11:30, the first session of the trial of 44 people who are accused of murdering eight [seven] Baha’is was held at Branch 1 of the Supreme Criminal Court of the Capital. It was presided over by Mr. Nematollahi and attended by the representative of the public prosecutor, defence attorneys and the plaintiffs’ private attorneys.

The 44 defendants are subjects and inhabitants of the Village of Sakhvid, one of the districts of Poshtkuh of Yazd, where, last year during the month of Ramadan, a clash broke out over a ruined bath between them and a number of Baha’is, and as a result eight [seven] Baha’is were killed.

On the day of the incident, the defendants were greatly influenced by emotions and provocations, [so they] attacked a number of Baha’is who were in the bath and murdered them, on a flimsy pretext.

Among the defendants there is one woman of almost 40, one gendarme and an old man of 70.

At yesterday’s hearing, at first the defendants’ identities were questioned and the trial continued until the end of the court session.

Meanwhile, a 60-year-old woman claims to have lost six of her relatives in the fight.