[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:] 19 Tir 1335 [10 July 1956]

[Issue No:] 930

 

22 Accused of Murdering Baha’is in Yazd Condemned to Imprisonment

 

A Gendarme officer and a woman who were amongst the accused, were acquitted.  The file on the murder of the Baha’is of Yazd was sent to Branch One of the Supreme Court for an Appeal hearing.

 

Yesterday afternoon at 6:30 PM, the decision of Branch One of the Supreme Criminal Court regarding 44 people who were accused of murdering seven Baha’is was issued in the presence of some individuals in the audience and the accused and the result announced was that 23 of them were acquitted for lack of sufficient evidence and two of the accused ‑ one being a woman and another one a Gendarme officer - are amongst those acquitted.

 

The [remaining] 21 accused individuals were condemned to various terms of punishment, ranging from seven months of imprisonment in a correctional facility to four years of imprisonment with hard labour; three who were less than 18 years of age [minors] were condemned to one year of imprisonment in a correctional facility.  Those condemned have appealed to the higher court and their files have been referred to the Supreme Court of Justice.