[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:] Salam

[Date:] Saturday, 21 Farvardin 1372 [10 April 1993], 18 Shavval 1413

[Number:] 543

2nd year

 

By the head of the Iranian delegation to the United Nations Human Rights Commission:

The Position of the Islamic Republic of Iran Was Analyzed in the United Nations Human Rights Commission

 “No person is sentenced to death for having a belief contrary to Islam, or for being an infidel.”

“Inquisition into someone’s belief is against the Constitution.”

...In response to the question as to whether a person who is not a Muslim would be condemned to death, Dr. Mihrpur emphasised that neither the Constitution nor the code of criminal law condemns a person to death for having a belief contrary to Islam or for being an infidel. “In principle”, he added, “inquisition into someone’s belief is against the Constitution, and one cannot be punished for having a certain belief.” Mihrpur identified the death sentences issued in respect of Messrs. Kayhan Khalajabadi and Bahman Misaqi[1] for their “spying activities”, and not for “being Baha’is”.

Nevertheless, he denied the very fact of the news of their “death sentences”, and indicated that these two had not been executed, and that the Supreme Court had rescinded the initial order, inasmuch as their spying activities were not at the level which would deserve death sentences....

 

[1] [It seems the names are misquoted; the correct names are Kayvan Khalajabadi and Behnam Misaghi]