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[Newspaper:] Sobh-e Azadegan

Thursday 17/10/1360

11 Rabi’al-Awwal 1402

7 January 1982

Number 560

 

Head of the Supreme Court of Justice:

In the Islamic Republic of Iran no one will go to trial based solely on their belief and religion

Tehran – Islamic Republic News Agency – The Head of the Supreme Court of Justice said: In the Islamic Republic of Iran no one will go to trial based solely on their belief and religion; and 8 Baha’is, members of the secret and spy agency of the Baha’i National Assembly were tried, convicted, and executed for espionage and activities aimed at furthering the interests of foreigners and opposition to the regime of the Islamic Republic.  Ayatollah Mousavi Ardebili, Head of the Supreme Court and member of the Supreme Judiciary Council, participated in a short interview conducted by the Islamic Republic News Agency reporter. (Continued at last page)

 

In the Islamic Republic (Continued from the first page)

 

In response to our reporter’s question as to what his view is on what is said concerning the execution of  8 distinguished members of the Baha’i National Assembly, the Head of the Supreme Court, Ayatollah Mousavi Ardebili said, I was asked this question on another occasion as well.  It seemed as if the question was whether 8 Baha’is were killed for being Baha’is.  I said I think this is a lie. What I said was based on the fact that in the Islamic Republic we are not supposed to attempt to kill anyone solely based on their belief and religion.  Then later I asked the Revolutionary Court [about this matter] and it was clearly stated that some members of this group were tried and executed for the crime of espionage and activities undertaken for the benefit of foreigners and against the regime of the Republic.  This action was for this reason and not for their being Baha’is.