[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:] Sahar

[Date:] 26 Tir 1335 [17 July 1956]

[Issue No.:] 44

 

The Text of the Verdict of the Criminal Court Case of the Yazdis Accused of Killing the Baha’is

In the last issue, we were able to inform the readers of the summary of the Supreme Court’s verdict about the defendants from Yazd. Now, the text of the verdict will be published below. As we mentioned in the previous issue, this decision has been approved by progressive and intellectual circles and those who are interested in preserving the status of the judiciary and consider it as an example of a fundamental change in the judiciary and the lack of influence of the influential authorities [in the justice system]. According to one of the judges, after this, if they want to kill someone for his/her religion, at least, they will have to get permission from the competent Mujtahids before a fight over two kilos of wheat, as it will not warrant mass murder. Following the explanation of the preamble to the lawsuit, the court issued the following ruling:

Court Verdict - The course of the events, according to the contents of the case file, is that there were disputes between the residents of Hormozak Farm and the residents of Khosrow Farm and the neighbouring villages about using the bathhouse of Khosrow Farm, the distribution of water to the farmers and road construction and … so on. Both parties had complained about each other and the gendarmerie officer, Abbas Khorasanipour who was commissioned to investigate the matter, had gone to Hormozak.

On 4 Mordad 1334 [27 July 1955], one day before the incident in Hormozak, the warrant officer Yousefzadeh and several gendarmes were commissioned to investigate the complaints of both parties. At first, they went to Hormozak, and after conducting the investigations they went to Khosrow Farm. The said officers, while interrogating the locals, either due to mismanagement or mistreatment, caused the locals’ dissatisfaction, as a result of which some residents of Khosrow Farm went to Sakhvid Village to complain about their [officer’s] operation. Yousefzadeh, in the company of a few others, went to the same place and they entered the house of Jalali. A few more people arrived in Sakhvid later on from Khosrow Farm.

Meanwhile, Ali Akbar Tavakkoli, the headman of Sakhvid, and Mohmmad Ali Amiri and Esmail Mozaffari, also entered the house of Jalai and closed the door, preventing the rest of the people from entering the house.

In continuation of this event, the crowd, in the company of some other people who had joined them in the middle of the road, start moving towards Hormozak Village and in the mentioned place, engaged in arson and destruction, killing seven people, by the names of: Gholam-Ali Amiri, 2- Abdor-Razzagh, 3- Fereydoun, 4- Ali Akbar, 5- Hedayat, 6- Amanollah, and 7-Roghieyyeh.