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[Personal information has been redacted.]

[The excerpt translation below is of the section of the article that relates to the Baha’i Faith]


[Newspaper:] Iran News

[Date:] Sunday 23-1-1360 [12 April 1981]  

[Number:] 94

Page: 2  


Three Baha’is Executed for Connection with the House of Justice

For Crime of Connection with the House of Justice, 3 Baha’is were Executed by Firing Squad

By order of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Shiraz, Mehdi Anvari Nafti [Tafti], son of Masih, was charged with close connection with the Universal House of Justice in Haifa, and Colonel Vahdat was charged on an unsubstantiated allegation of collaboration with SAVAK[1] and with those who were recently planning a military coup, for making monetary contributions to the House of Justice in Haifa, and for having received a letter of appreciation from that centre, for causing division and confusion among Muslims, and for membership in the National consultative [Assembly] of the Baha’is; Hedayatollah Dehghani, son of Nasrollah, native of Abadeh, Shiraz, [was] convicted of connection with Colonel Vahdat, recruitment of uninformed and illiterate people, especially villagers, and having received a letter of appreciation for his efforts from the Baha’i National Assembly for having contacted 250 elders and heads of the Ashayer tribesmen, for having recorded the phone conversations of government authorities, for having intimidated  Baha’is who were guided to Islam, and for active involvement in Baha’i Assembly of Abadeh and other crimes:  [all the accused] were declared as “spreading corruption on earth” and  “waging war against God, His Prophet and the 12th Imam”, and sentenced to death. Subsequent to the endorsement of the Supreme Court, the court order was enforced yesterday at 6 p.m.





[1]  [Acronym: “National Intelligence and Information Agency”, The intelligence Agency in Pahlavi regime]