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[Threatening Letter]

I am sure you can solve the puzzle

You will either join the great army of the followers of the Velayat [Guardianship] and the Islamic Republic, and thus enjoy its unlimited bounties and will be immersed in blessings and comfort, or  you should leave this city and this country, or at least you should not be ever seen in Shiraz. Otherwise you have to leave one of your fingers, of your choice, as a trophy with us here. This is the fate of those who do not approve of the Islamic Republic.

The countdown starts today.


[Writings on the envelope:]

[Postal stamp]

27 Dey 1388

17 January 2010


Sender:  From Azad Irani


P.O. Box 1515



Shiraz area 225 [illegible]

[Express mail stamp]


Addressee: [redacted]

Rouhollah Rezaie