[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:] Post-e Tehran

[Date:] 22 Khordad 1335 [12 June 1956]

[Issue No.:] 907

 

The trial of 44 accused in the murder of eight Baha’is began today in the Criminal Court

A 60-year-old man, a gendarme and a 40-year-old woman are among the defendants. The cause of the murder was religious issues.

At 11:30 this morning, the first session of the trial of 44 defendants in connection with the murder of eight Baha’is was held in Branch 1 of the Supreme Criminal Court of the centre [Tehran], chaired by Mr. Ne’matollahi in the presence of the representative of the public prosecutor, the defence lawyers of the accused and the private plaintiff.

In this trial, Mr. Seyed Ahmad Tabatabai, Mr. Jalali Naeini, Mr. Seyed Mehdi Razavi, Mr. Faqihi Shirazi, Mr. Zolmajd Tabatabai, Saber, Mr. Adib Razavi, Dr. Asayesh, Azmayesh, Okhovvat and Abtahi were the defence lawyers of the accused, and Mr. Kazemzadeh, Manouher Ghaem Maghami and Amin Amini [Amin] were the lawyers for the private plaintiff.

The defendants are 44 subjects and residents of Sakhvid County in the Poshtkouh Village of Yazd that resulted in the murder of eight Baha’is last year, during the holy month of Ramadan, when a quarrel broke out between them and the Baha’is over a dilapidated bath.

On the day of the incident, the defendants were so moved by their sentiments and incitements that over a small issue, they found an excuse to attack a number of the Baha’is who were in the public bath and murdered them.