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[Newspaper:]Iran News

[Date:] Sunday 31-3-1360 - [21 June 1981]

[Number:]104

Page: 8

 

Seven Baha’is Executed in Hamadan.

Seven followers of the Bahá’í religion were executed on Sunday morning this week in Hamadan.

The Baha’i International Community spokesperson, Gerald Knight, who announced this news, added that the bodies of those who were executed were buried that same day in the presence of 2000 mourners.  [Mr.] Knight said that his sources of information were the Bahá’ís of Iran, as reports of these executions are usually not publicized.

The spokesperson of the Baha’is stated that the total number of the Baha’is who have been executed since October 1979 has reached 42 so far.  Twelve other Baha’is have been killed, and also 14 individuals have disappeared.

He added that the charges against the Baha’is who were executed on Sunday were not known, but that in previous such cases, they were accused of espionage, being Zionists, and of engaging in activity to spread the Baha’i religion, which [activities] are not acceptable under the Iranian Constitution.