[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:] 12 Dey 1334 [3 January 1956]

[Issue No:] 30

 

Hormozdak [Hormozak] is a small village located twenty-three farsakh[1] from Yazd (Poshtkouh).  The residents of this village consisted of six Baha’i families.  Next to Hormozdak [Hormozak] there is another village about three- to four hundred metres away, by the name of Mazraeh Khosrow, whose residents are all Muslims.  This village is part of the area under the jurisdiction of Sakhvid, which is a relatively large village and consists of seventeen localities.  This village is about four or five kilometres from Mazraeh Khosrow.

 

After the start of teaching and the actions taken against the Baha’is (during the current year), Mirza Ali-Akbar Tavakkoli, the chief of the village, and Mohammad-Ali Jalali Malak, both of whom had influence and power in Sakhvid and the villages around it, and had the residents under their obedience and control, attempted to take advantage of the situation and commit extortion against the Baha’is in the village of Hormozdak [Hormozak].  In order to achieve this goal, they would do various things, such as shutting off the flow of the farm water and cutting down the trees belonging to the Baha’is, or instigating the residents to prevent them from entering the bath and threatening to kill them.  As a result of the instigations and actions of these two individuals, the Baha’is began to file complaints with various authorities.  Among them, Gholam-Ali Amiri and Abdol-Razzagh and Jafar Amiri (Gholam-Ali and Abdoi-Razzagh have gone missing) wrote a complaint, the contents of which are as follows (page 517 of the file):

 

“The residents of the farm in Hormozdak [Hormozak] of Sakhvid, Poshtkouh, Yazd, have placed six families who are named as Baha’is under [unreadable] a guard.  From the day the agents came to the farm until now, every day Mirza Ali-Akbar Tavakkoli, the chief of the village, has instigated the people of Sakhvid, and of any place he has influence, to kill and pillage us.  Troubles are raining upon us from every side.  We have no more money left to pay him to agree to stop.  We are faced in every direction with cruel behaviour and insults, and from another side with threats of killing and pillaging.  They have organised with the women in the public bath to pour soil through the skylight into the bath and throw them [Baha’i women] out of the bath with cruelty.  We helplessly beseech you to punish us according to whatever has been issued by the government [but] do not leave us to Mirza Ali-Akbar Tavakkoli, the chief of the village of Sakhvid and [unreadable] his ignorant cronies.”

 

They sent this to the Yazd Governor’s Office, and the Governor’s office sent this complaint letter under number 3017- 19/4/1334 [11 July 1955] to the Gendarmerie [Police] of Yazd.  A Gendarme, [police officer] called Abbas Khorasanipour was then assigned to attend to the complaint by the Baha’is and entered the Hormozdak [Hormozak] village on 29/4/1334 [21 July 1955].  At night, he started to investigate at the home of Fereydoun Baha’i, one of the Baha’is.  This Gendarme [unreadable] was under the influence, and while investigating, started to insult the Baha’is and, as reflected in the file, refused to fully record their statements.  Given that there was no impartiality in investigating the complaints by the Baha’is [Missing section here]… They are accused of the following:  that on the afternoon of Thursday, 5 Mordad 1334 [28 July 1955], at the provocation of:

  1. Ali-Akbar Tavakkoli, son of Mehdi, 54 years old, literate, chief of the village of Sakhvid, Muslim with wife and children, Iranian citizenship, without previous criminal record, born in and resident of Sakhvid,
  2. Mohammad Jalali, son of Gholam-Reza, seventy years old, land owner, literate, Muslim with wife and children, Iranian citizenship, without previous criminal record and born in and resident of Sakhvid,
  3. Mohammad-Ali Amiri, son of Hasan, 28 years old, literate, Muslim with wife and children, Iranian citizenship, without previous criminal record, from Mazraeh Khosrow and resident of Najafabad,
  4. Esmaiel Mozaffari, son of Hasan, 35 years old, farmer, literate, Muslim with wife and children, Iranian citizenship, without previous criminal record, born in and resident of Mazraeh Khosrow,

 

they attacked the village of Hormozdak [Hormozak], killed seven Baha’is in that village and set their houses and belongings on fire and destroyed them.  Also, seven more accused of the above are named below:

  1. Mohammad-Ali Amiri, son of Hasan,
  2. Haji Mohammad Mansouri, son of Reza-Gholi,
  3. Ismael Mozaffari, son of Hasan,
  4. Abdol-Ghaffar Mozaffari, son of Hasan,
  5. Bakhsh-Ali Amiri, son of Haji Agha,
  6. Yousof Amiri, son of Bakhsh-Ali,
  7. Hasan Amiri, son of Haji Agha.

 

In addition to the above allegations, these seven are accused of insulting the Gendarmes while engaged in these acts [illegible].  The Gendarme, Abbas Khorasanipour, son of Asadollah, 30 years old, literate, Muslim with wife and children, Iranian citizenship, without previous criminal record, born in Rafsanjan…

 

[The rest of the text is not available in the document]

 

[Under the image]

Has eloquently spoken and provoked the fanatics.

 

[Handwritten date on top of the page]

3 Esfand 1334

 

 

 

 

[1] [The European equivalent is the league, each farsakh is between 5.3 and 5.7 kilometres]